Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South Korea
Moments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, insisted: “We have seen here how sport can make the world a better place … these are the Games of new horizons.”
Watching athletes from North and South Korea strolling happily together, for once separated by centimetres rather than 73 years’ antipathy, it was entirely possible to be swept along by waves of sentiment and hope.
- Decision comes after two athletes from Russia failed drug tests
- However IOC said Russian Olympic ban could be overturned soon
Russian athletes will not be allowed to march under their country’s flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony because of their two failed drugs tests at these Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed.
However – in a textbook case of IOC politics – it was also announced that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), which was suspended in December because of massive state-sponsored doping in Sochi four years’ ago, could return to the Olympic fold as soon as this week.
From British speed skater Elise Christie to American prodigy Nathan Chen, via Nigeria’s unlikely bobsleigh team, a unified Korean women’s ice hockey side and more
Four years have passed since Elise Christie had an Olympic silver medal ripped from her in Sochi, and for far too many sleepless nights it remained an open sore. But three world titles last year finally extinguished that pain and the brilliant Scottish short-track speed skater goes into Pyeongchang with strong chances of a medal in the 500m and 1000m. Even a podium place in the 1500m may not be beyond her.