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(Olympics) Head of N. Korean delegation hails good weather for PyeongChang

2018/02/06 23:33

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By Kim Boram

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- The head of the North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics said Tuesday that the cold but sunny weather is likely to support the South as it hosts the world's biggest winter sporting event.

"The weather is helping (the South) hold the big party," Won Kil-u told reporters at the athletes' village in Gangneung, the sub-host city of Olympics, referring to the clear blue sky. "I'm from further north. It's milder here."

   The cold weather in PyeongChang has been one of the most worrisome problems for months, as some foreign media have said that the cold here is different from the comparatively warm Winter Olympics held in Vancouver and Sochi.

For the opening ceremony on Friday, officials here expect the temperature to drop as low as minus 7 degrees Celsius, while the wind chill may reach minus 14 degrees Celsius. The organizing committee has asked spectators to wrap up properly for cold.

"I visited the main host city of PyeongChang last day. It's good," Won said. "It's not that cold."

   But the official did not say anything about conditions of North Korean athletes and their stay at the athletes' village.

North Korea sent 22 athletes, in figure skating, short track, ice hockey, alpine and cross country skiing, to the Winter Olympics on South Korean soil after reaching an inter-Korean agreement on Pyongyang's participation.

Won Kil-u, the head of the North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics, looks around the PyeongChang athletes' village on Feb. 5, 2018. (Yonhap) Won Kil-u, the head of the North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics, looks around the PyeongChang athletes' village on Feb. 5, 2018. (Yonhap)

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