On Monday, 11 North Korean teenagers faced off against 11 South Korean teenagers in a football match in a small stadium seated in a bowl of sunlit hills outside the South Korean town of Chuncheon. The prize they were competing for may not mean much to many: The Air Sports Cup is hardly one of football’s most famed fixtures – in fact, it is hardly known, period. Monday’s North-South Under-15 football match is about to kick off. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times However, at a time when North Korea and the United States teetered on the brink of war, and when all other lines of inter-Korean communication were closed, it was this no-name football tourney that provided a critical channel for sports diplomacy. It was via that channel that North Korea made it to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, held in South Korea, at virtually the last minute. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Given that the “Peace Olympics” … [Read more...] about No-name football tourney blazed trail for inter-Korean friendship
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A month after the IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics over doping concerns, hackers have released a set of emails related to the games set for February in South Korea. The new leaks might be a retaliation for the decision taken in December 2017, to bar Russia from participating in the Games in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee, online news portal BuzzFeed News said. Hackers, reported to be associated with the Russian government, were calling themselves "Fancy Bears" - a trolling reference to the Games' mascots. On Wednesday, they published a handful of emails which date from late 2016 to spring 2017 and appear to be between IOC employees and third parties discussing the Russian doping conspiracy. "These emails and documents point to the fact that the Europeans and the Anglo-Saxons are fighting for power and cash in the sports world," the Fancy Bears posted. Some of the emails' contents are encrypted. The IOC neither commented on the post nor verified the … [Read more...] about Winter Olympics 2018: Banned Russia back in hacking game?
source David Ramos/Getty Images The 2018 Winter Olympics officially ended on Sunday with the closing ceremony held in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. While NBC will air the ceremony in primetime on Sunday evening in the US, the ceremony was carried live online. The catch is, unlike previous years, the live version comes without commentary. It is what NBC is calling, “the natural sounds,” version. Below we will follow along with the biggest moments from the closing ceremony. It’s not clear what is going on without any commentary, but there was a warm-up act. source Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Once again, the view of Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium from above with the other areas of the Olympics in view is gorgeous. source NBC Dancers entered the stadium dressed for various Olympic events, such as cross-country skiing. source NBC As with most opening and closing ceremonies, the scene was visually stunning. source NBC Some local elementary school children … [Read more...] about The Winter Olympics are now over — Here are the biggest moments from the closing ceremony
By Associated Press Sun., Feb. 25, 2018 PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA— The closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics is officially underway. The athletes marched into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the Winter Games. Those who won medals wore them. Most waved at the crowd. Flagbearers from all of the countries came first and stood in a circle in the centre of the stadium and waved the flags as the athletes paraded in around them. Volunteers wearing hats with the Olympic tiger mascot, Soohorang, danced around them. Article Continued Below IOC President Thomas Bach has handed off the Olympic flag to the mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining, symbolizing the Winter Games’ journey over the next four years from Pyeongchang, South Korea, to the Chinese capital in 2022. Beijing will be the first city to host both the summer and winter games. It hosted the summer edition in 2008. The handover of the Olympic flag from one host city to the next … [Read more...] about Pyeongchang hands off Winter Games to Beijing
On February 8, the 2018 Winter Olympicswill kick off inPyeongchang, South Korea. The country has devotedover $1 billiontoward building gleaming new stadiums and slopes.For Olympic host cities, this kind of major investment is not unusual. But after the world’s TV sets tune out, some of these cities do not have the infrastructure for upkeep of the venues. In the case of Sarajevo, Bosnia, some Olympic sites were torn apart by war.Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, but a decade later, terrible conflict ravaged much of the city and killed thousands of civilians.Today, many of the former venues lie in ruin.On February 8, 1984, athletes from 49 nations flocked to Sarajevo for the Winter Olympics. The opening ceremony featured an impressive set-up.It was the first communist state to hold a winter games. Source:Reuters But from 1992 to 1995, amidst the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the majority of Olympic venues were abandoned.In the hills above the … [Read more...] about War tore apart the city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics — here’s what the abandoned venues look like today