2018 Winter Olympics: South Korea makes preparations

In 1988 South Korea hosted the Summer Olympics at Seoul from 17 September to 2 October

2018 Winter Olympics
2018 Winter Olympics Reuters

The 2018 Winter Olympics flame arrived at Incheon airport in South Korea on 1 November, Wednesday amid tight security.

In 1988 South Korea hosted the Summer Olympics at Seoul from 17 September to 2 October. In 2018 South Korea will be hosting the entire Winter Olympics for the first time.

The Prime Minister of South Korea Lee Nak-Yeon, the skating gold medallist from South Korea Kim Yuna, South Korea's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Do Jong-hwan, were presented at the event. Kim and the prime minister gave the signal to start the Olympic torch relay.

"The Olympic flame is here and we are just 100 days away from the start of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018," said Lee Hee-Beom, the President of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

As the tickets for 2018 PyeongChang have started selling, the organisers are worried if they can host the tournament without having any problems like Rio and Sochi.

According to a report by The San Diego Union-Tribune, the consistent issue was Zika virus in Brazil during Rio Olympics. Even US Olympics committee had asked their athletes to skip the tournament if they "don't feel comfortable going."

While some athletes filed reports for kidnapping and robbery in Rio de Janeiro, a human foot and other body parts were found near one of beach volleyball sites.

Even in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, there were some security and environmental concerns. This time, South Korea, facing a challenge from the North, is geared up to undertake more security measures.

In 2010 South Korea wanted to host the Winter Olympics but failed. In 2011 when Germany and France tried to make the bid host 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea received maximum votes from International Olympic Committee (IOC) and finally got the opportunity to host the Winter Olympic Games next year.