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.
The Olympic flame has arrived in South Korea, where it begins its journey towards the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. With tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program running high, organizers hope the event will help promote peace on the Korean peninsula.
Russia is to analyze the decision to ban the country from the Olympics before reponding, according a Kremlin spokesman. Russia says its priority is now with its athletes, some of whom have already asked for leniency.
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