Bach: Wrong message to consider alternatives to winter Olympics in PyeongChang
The International Olympic Committee has no back-up plan to relocate the 2018 winter Olympic Games from South Korea despite the diplomatic crisis surrounding the country's northern neighbour.
The United Nations Security Council stepped up sanctions against North Korea this week after the state conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet on 3 September.
However, IOC president Thomas Bach said that his organisation could not be seen to be considering alternatives to staging the games in PyeongChang next February.
Speaking at the opening of the IOC session in Lima, Bach said: “Speaking now about different scenarios for the Olympic winter Games would send the wrong message.
“It would be a message against our own belief in peace and diplomacy. It would undermine the efforts of those who are working towards a diplomatic solution so that peace will prevail on the Korean peninsula.”
The PyeongChang winter Olympics take place from 9 to 25 February.