first_imgLATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Bach said it had been a “long and difficult journey” to organise an Olympics in Korea, whose two sides are divided by a heavily fortified border — just 30 miles (50 kilometres) from the Games site — and remain technically at war.Officials from France, Germany and Austria all expressed concerns about sending athletes as tensions spiralled last year, when North Korea fired a series of missile tests and exchanged threats of war with the United States.But Bach said: “In all the conversations we had, the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 were never put in doubt. On the contrary, we could always feel support.”“Despite the sometimes worrying political circumstances, we were always standing at the side of our Korean hosts and never talked of a Plan B,” he added.‘Impossible dream’ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Ricci Rivero shuts down transfer rumors Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “The Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 have allowed another new beginning on the Korean peninsula,” Bach told delegates at the opening ceremony for this week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) session. “They have opened the door for a peaceful dialogue between the Republic of Korea (South) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The Olympic spirit has brought two sides together that for too long were divided by mistrust and animosity. “The Olympic spirit has brought real hope for a brighter future for everyone on the Korean peninsula.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed South Korean President Moon Jae-In has long argued for engagement to bring the North to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions.But not all of his countrymen agree and there is a public perception that Moon’s administration made too many concessions to the North to secure its participation at the Olympics. Chiming with Bach, Moon said: “Something truly wonderful is taking place in the divided and war-torn nation… throughout the world the message of peace is echoing.”“One or two months ago, many countries were concerned with the safety of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. North Korea’s participating in the Games and a unified team under the banner of peace seemed like an impossible dream then,” he added.North Korea is sending 22 athletes to Pyeongchang, along with a large number of officials and an all-female cheer squad.A unified Korean women’s ice hockey team, whose squad includes 12 players from the North, on Sunday made its debut ahead of the Games, losing 3-1 to Sweden in a practice match.The team has proved polarising in South Korea, where it has been blamed for a sudden drop in Moon’s approval ratings.While enthusiastic supporters cheered on the joint team, protesters chanting “Pyongyang Olympics!” also gathered outside, stamping on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and ripping up the blue-and-white Korean unification flag. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina A general view shows the Olympic rings on the roof of the skating venue of the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics in Gangneung on February 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONESOlympics chief Thomas Bach on Monday said the Pyeongchang Winter Games brought “real hope” to the divided Korean peninsula and conceded there was no “Plan B” even when nuclear tensions put them under threat.Bach was speaking four days ahead of the opening of the Games, which received a major boost when isolated North Korea ended months of bellicose posturing by agreeing to send a contingent of athletes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img