Football legend, Olympic fencing champ unveiled as torch runners for PyeongChang 2018

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Wasserman was speaking at a news conference in Park City, Utah, which along with nearby Salt Lake City, could be a strong contender to host the Games in 2026 or 2030 if it chose to bid.

Shaw tells The Associated Press he finds it sad to know there are anti-doping rules in place that aren't being adequately enforced.

"The IOC has said it was confident about the Games and not considering any other scenarios".

PARK CITY, Utah Describing a USA pursuit of the 2026 Winter Olympics with Los Angeles already hosting the 2028 Summer Games as complicated, Los Angeles 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman said Tuesday the local organizing committee would need a series of in-depth discussions before signing off on a 2026 American bid.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un said on Friday the North will consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against the United States in response to US President Donald Trump's threat to destroy the North.

The multi-billion dollar Pyeongchang Olympics will be held just 50 miles from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border.

Los Angeles signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Games on September 13.

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United States Olympic Committee chief executive officer Scott Blackmun tells Around the Rings he believes the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics will be "most safe and secure ever".

"As of now, no country has officially said it will not participate".

The USOC's reaction to mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula contrasts with a comment from the French sports minister last week that the country would not send a team to the 2018 Games if security could not be guaranteed.

Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the JOC, said in a statement on Tuesday that Japanese athletes and officials were gearing up to take part in the Games.

"It would take an overall assessment of the IOC and the local organizing committee, an worldwide decision by the United Nations or a strong general counsel from the Swedish authorities". The two countries remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

"We are relying on advice from DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and working with the Korean Ambassador and if their advice changes, we will advise our team accordingly but for the moment there is no suggestion that the Games will not go ahead or their safety is compromised".

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