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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Can Pyeongchang Winter Olympics be a game changer in inter-Korean relations?

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Note the pros and cons of hosting major sporting events:

-Pyongyang boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul and blew up a Korean Air flight the year before in its desperate attempt to disrupt the Games.....All 115 on board the plane died.
-The Pyeongchang Olympics, which will cost South Korea 14 trillion won (S$17 billion) to organise, is expected to generate economic benefits of up to 64.9 trillion won over the next decade, due to expanded infrastructure development and a tourism boom, said the Hyundai Research Institute.

-Being the host country will also allow South Korea to show off its latest innovations in information technology to the world, including a fifth-generation (5G) wireless network and self-driving buses, as well as organise cultural and K-pop events to extend its soft power.
-the Games presented a "precious chance to open the door" to further dialogue to address North Korea's nuclear issue.


1. Hosting major sporting events creates more problems than benefits. Do you agree? (Cam. 2005)
2. Does sport merit the vast sums of money that are spent on it? (Cam. 2010)