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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.

Qns:

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)