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Megan Howes

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International Olympic Committee President on the Winter Olympic Games : February 5 and 25, 2018
International Olympic Committee President on the Winter Olympic Games
Megan Howes

After years of escalating aggression, the 2018 Olympic Games brought a diplomatic breakthrough to the Korean peninsula. In January, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach announced that North Korean athletes would participate in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games alongside South Korea as part of a unified team. With this cautiously regarded a first step on a long road to peace, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in led an effort to overcome long-standing mistrust and animosity by leveraging the Olympic Games to ease tensions. Moon referred to the Games as a “Peace Olympics” with the hope of ...

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