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BIGBANG's Taeyang Appointed As Ambassador For Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

25 June 2017

A survey of 1,000 people by the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism conducted in May resulted in 63 percent of respondents saying they believed the first Winter Olympics in South Korea would succeed.

Do plans to discuss the matter with Jang and IOC President Thomas Bach, both of whom are scheduled to visit South Korea later this month to attend the closing ceremony of an worldwide Taekwondo competition. Reconciliation between North and South is a key goal of new South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The sports minister further said that both Nation could co-host the ski resort even with Jang Woong, who is the delegate of North Korea to the IOC.

South Korea gained a berth in the women's ice hockey event alongside seven other teams, but North Korea did not make it.

The Paralympic Games take place March 9 to March 18.

This proposal was swiftly dismissed by Pyeongchang 2018, but organisers now appear open to discussing the possibility of North Korean hosting some events.

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The Olympic rings outside the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, South Korea.

Tension has been high for months over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, and due to fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test and more ballistic missile launches in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Reports also suggest that some skiing events could even be moved north of the border. But talks broke down and the North boycotted the Games.

Taeyang, a member of the popular K-pop boy band BIGBANG, was appointed as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

The news comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, following the North Korean regime's missile tests, as well as the death of Otto Warmbier, a United States student who suffered severe neurological trauma while serving part of a 15-year sentence for stealing a political banner.

BIGBANG's Taeyang Appointed As Ambassador For Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018