Taekwondo and cross-country skiing may seem unlikely bedfellows. But after carrying his nation's flag at this year's Rio Olympics, charismatic Tongan Pita Taufatofua is hoping to make the switch from summer to winter Games in South Korea in 2018.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will not prevent athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Games under the Olympic flag. The statement came a day after the IOC banned the country over a doping scandal.
Figure skater Harley Windsor has been named to Australia's figure skating team for the Pyeongchang Olympics. He will be the first Aboriginal athlete ever to represent Australia at a Winter Games.
The fact that there are concerns heading into an Olympic Games is nothing new. However, worries about the possibility of military conflict breaking out have Olympic delegations making contingency plans for Pyeongchang.
The Winter Olympic Games have been dogged by avian influenza, as well as the concern over the unpredictable regime in North Korea, poor ticket sales, a shortage of accommodation and rising prices. Julian Ryall reports.
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