South Korea brought the curtain down on its “Peace Games” on Sunday, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea.
An official report said US Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to hold a secret meeting with North Korean officials during his visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics but the North Koreans canceled.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a message on the Olympic Truce for the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games called on all conflicting parties to observe the truce during the 2018 games.
South Korea says it will discuss with the United States and other countries whether to meet a request by Pyongyang to provide fuel for a North Korean ferry that transported an art troupe to the South for a performance during the Winter Olympics.
Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month’s Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has decided to put his Rio 2016 Olympic Games impressive achievement to good use, and auction his gold medal to give the money to families stricken in the magnitude-7.3 earthquake that struck western Iran at the weekend.
Recycled electronics will go for the gold, as organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have announced their plan to source the gold, silver and bronze needed for the games' medals from discarded smartphones.