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USA has not ruled out Winter Olympics participation

USA has not ruled out Winter Olympics participation USA has not ruled out Winter Olympics participation
Noah Ferguson | 09 December, 2017, 01:02

In an interview with Fox News Channel on Wednesday, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had cast doubt on the country's participation, given the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, reports Xinhua news agency.

Visa on Thursday in NY presented its new wearable technology for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in February 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea, reports Efe.

The New York event featured a number of athletes being sponsored by Visa during the Olympics, including the members of the first African bobsled team to participate in the Games, Nigerians Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumera and Akuoma Omeoga, who made history by qualifying for the South Korea athletic competition.

"There's an open question", said Haley. "So yes, it definitely got our attention, but I think all's well that ends well, and it was just a little bit of an oversight in terms of language".

The governing body's leaders gathered Friday in NY for their quarterly meetings.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to be held February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said?" "We're gonna show up just like nearly 100 other nations and really looking forward to it".

Asked about whether the reason is security concerns, Sanders said "absolutely", and suggested President Donald Trump may make the final decision. Blackmun declined to say whether he felt Trump could bar American athletes from competing. "We plan on supporting two full delegations in Pyeongchang". "Everybody is focused on the fact that we're going to be bringing a team, we're going to show up like nearly 100 other nations and we're really looking forward to it". "So we are 100 percent committed to our athletes on that but don't want to get into a discussion around what the legalities might be".

The gloves, an indispensable accessory with the average winter temperature in PyeongChang at minus 4.8 C (23 F); the decal, very slim and with flexible adhesive, and the traditional commemorative Olympic pin, with eight different designs, are all provided with NFC (near field communication) technology and were the centre of attention at the NY event on Thursday.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert expressed "confidence" of secured Winter Games in a press briefing.

"What we will do is make sure that we are taking every precaution possible, to make sure that they are safe". "We look forward to cheering on @TeamUSA at #PyeongChang2018".

"I recall prior to the 2014 games in Sochi, there was a tremendous amount of apprehension about security issues related to those Games", said Larry Probst, USOC chairman.

Said Blackmun: "The risks are different with each Games. If something is going to happen, none of us can control it anyway".

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