There is no plan B for Pyeongchang Games, says IOC's Bach

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has defended his organisation's handling of corruption allegationsMore

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has defended his organisation's handling of corruption allegationsMore

It included 15 mentions of his own Agenda 2020 reform process. "More than ever, the world needs our Olympic Values of peace, respect and understanding", Bach told an audience including delegations from Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 on the eve of them being confirmed as Olympic host cities.

The Olympic Agenda 2020 is the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, created to safeguard the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthen the role of sport in society, with the other two pillars as "sustainability" and "youth".

"We are in contact with Governments and the NOCs (National Olympic Commitees) concerned".

The Pyeongchang Games will run from Feb 9-25.

"We feel we have done what we can do".

"This city is in love with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we can not wait to share our celebration and gratitude with President Bach", he added.

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Bach will be joined by IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi and senior leaders of the IOC Administration on a two-day visit to Los Angeles.

Bach said he was hoping for a diplomatic solution before the Games start next February and said the door was open for the participation of North Korean athletes and the International Olympic Committee was ready to support them in their effort to qualify. "We hope we're appealing that diplomacy and peace will prevail on the Korean peninsula".

Kuczynski, meanwhile, spoke positively about the impact of Lima's hosting of the 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games despite political and economic challenges.

"The olympic torch will be lit in Greece on October 24 and will arrive in Korea on the 1st of November", added the manager, saying that " the olympics will be held in flawless security ". We're very, very excited about it and I'm excited to be a part of that team.

"Our credit rating actually went up when we announced the Games".

"All the doomsayers who said they would wipe us out financially are wrong".

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