K-pop star Taeyang lends support to 2018 Winter Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has revealed that the organization is open to a collaboration between South and North Korea at next year's Olympic Games.

He said he plans to discuss the idea with Mr Jang Woong, the North's delegate to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and IOC president Thomas Bach when they visit Seoul later this month for the close of an international taekwondo competition. The minister said PyeongChang 2018 could be the "Peace Olympics" if North Korea was to participate. "North Korea says the Masikryong Ski Resort was built according to global standards, and I intend to discuss this with Chang", Do said.

The Korean singer was appointed as an honorary ambassador of both the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"If the neighbouring countries in north-east Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace", Moon said.


The US is activating a missile defence system in South Korea and tightened sanctions against the North in April.

North Korea has chose to send its demonstration team to the World Taekwondo Championships, which will be held for three days from Saturday in Muju, North Jeolla Province. "I hope that many people would share their dreams and passion through the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics", Taeyang said. But talks broke down and the North boycotted the Games. "To be able to help promote the Games across Korea and to all my fans around the world makes me very proud and I am looking forward to being part of this huge celebration of sports and culture in my country".

With the new role, Taeyang will be in charge of performing the Olympic Winter Games' song, and promoting the worldwide multi-sport event. In May, International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President Rene Fasel said that the final decision could be made during the NHL Draft that would take place in Chicago on June 23-24.

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