Sports U.S. expects to participate in Winter Olympics: White House

03:31  08 december  2017
03:31  08 december  2017 Source:   reuters.com

South Korean Winter Olympics Organizers Concerned Over Bird Flu Scare

  South Korean Winter Olympics Organizers Concerned Over Bird Flu Scare In the latest of a plethora of concerns over South Korea's hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, local governments have called on operators of farms close to venues to slaughter around 6,000 ducks and chickens after avian influenza was discovered on a duck farm in North Jeolla Province, USA Today reports. The highly infectious, pathogenic avian influenza virus, also known as "bird flu" is common among birds but has also been diagnosed in humans. As of July 2013, the World Health Organization had confirmed 630 cases in humans, leading to 375 deaths. Organizers for the 2018 games have visited farmers and offered them up to 120 million Won to cull their flocks as concerns over the disease's effect on the Games, which take place from Feb. 9-25, 2018, rise. The flu is just the latest problem facing the Olympic Games, which is being held in South Korea for the first time. Earlier this month, spectators at a music concert at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium were treated for hypothermia, as the stadium is without a roof. Temperatures during the game are expected to be as low as -11 degrees Celcius, nearly 15 degrees lower than the night of the concert. Organizers have also faced disappointing ticket sales. Around 550,000 tickets, only 52% of the total, have been sold and just 37% of tickets for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events have been sold, according to USA Today. Other issues include a hotel room shortage and the constant threat of North Korea.

FILE PHOTO: The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang, Paralympics mascot Bandabi and the Olympic Rings are displayed at the Gyeongpodae beach in Gangneung, South Korea, October 31, 2017.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter's question during the daily press briefing at the White House on Dec. 7, 2017 in Washington.© AP Photo/Alex Brandon White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter's question during the daily press briefing at the White House on Dec. 7, 2017 in Washington.

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

"The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea," Sanders wrote in a tweet. "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues."

3 more Russian bobsledders banned from Olympics

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WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in 2018, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbour to North Korea

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley had cast doubt over whether athletes representing the country would participate in the Olympics, telling Fox News on Wednesday that the United States is concerned about its citizens,

When asked Thursday at the regular White House press briefing, Sanders said "no official decision has been made" about participation and the decision would come closer to the games' start date, Feb. 9. She also said the decision would be reached through a process involving multiple agencies, where President Donald Trump would "certainly weigh in."

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