Category: Olympics

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Putin ordered airplane shot down throughout Olympics threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the shooting down of a Turkish passenger jet after a bomb threat was made just before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Putin opened up about the order in a new documentary titled Putin. In it, the president said he received a phone call from security officers as the ceremony was…

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The associated price of Russia’s absence from the 2018 Iciness Olympics

Seoul, South Korea – In a gritty commercial area in Seoul’s Dongdaemun District in the city’s northeast, there’s a cluster of streets where the signboards are more likely to be in Cyrillic than Korea’s Hangul script. Beside all the restaurants are the businesses that cater to Russians and Central Asians from the former USSR. Here, merchants…

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No prayer room for visitors at 2018 Frigid climate Olympics

Gangneung, South Korea – The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has cancelled plans for a mobile prayer room in Gangneung for tourists at the 2018 Winter Olympics after strong opposition by anti-Muslim campaigners, the city tourism department’s chief told Al Jazeera. While just 0.2 percent of South Korea’s population of 51 million is Muslim, the KTO decided…

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North Korea stages armed forces parade on eve of Olympics

North Korea has held a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, just one day before South Korea hosts the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Footage from North Korea showed leader Kim Jong-un and party officials watching the annual display of military strength in the capital, Pyongyang, as goose-stepping soldiers and…

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Are North Koreans welcome at the Winter Olympics?

Seoul, South Korea – When the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang on February 9, delegations from both North and South Korea will march together under one flag. The symbolic move comes alongside the formation of a joint female ice hockey team, the arrival of a squad of cheerleaders from…

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North Korea to ship team to Olympics in Pyeongchang

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation of athletes, supporters and officials to next month’s Winter Olympics taking place in South Korea, as tensions on the divided peninsula continue to subside. South Korea’s Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung confirmed Pyongyang’s participation in Pyeongchang on Tuesday during the first high level talks between the two archrivals since…

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Russia banned from South Korea Winter Olympics by IOC

The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing in next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea over doping allegations. The Russian Olympic Committee has been suspended from the upcoming games in PyeongChang, but Russian athletes will still be able to compete “under strict conditions”, the IOC said in a statement. The decision comes after…