Friday, August 5th, 2016

Rio Olympics: Ban Ki-moon to avoid North Korean delegates during torch relay

Narada Desk | August 5, 2016 4:35 am Print
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met South Korean athletes, but is likely to avoid N Koreans at the Olympic village.
Rio Olympics to start.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who reached Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics venue today said he will not be meeting officials from North Korea.

Ban Ki-moon will be taking part in the officials torch relay of Olympics. North Korean regimes No. 2 powerful leader Choe Ryong-hae, also reached Rio to attend the same ceremony.

His arrival has led to speculations of discussions with both leaders at the Olympics venue, following the recent meeting held by the U.N. Security Council in protest against North Korea’s launch of ballistic missiles this month.

However, Moon dispelled any chances of neotiations with the N Koreans at the Olympics. “I may run into North Korean officials during dinner (hosted by the International Olympic Committee Thursday),” he was quoted as saying to Yonhap News Agency. “But I don’t have a separate plan to meet with them, ” he revealed.

Ban had discussions with South Korean officials and athletes at the Olympic village. It was the first team he had interactions with at the venue.

Ban along with IOC’s former President Jacques Rogge walked along the large village, and Ban’s first stop was the their lodging.

“I am extremely pleased to meet these proud Olympic athletes,” Ban said about his interaction. “It’ll be difficult to compete in Rio de Janeiro because food and customs are different than Korea, but I hope you will all see the fruits of your labor,” he told the athletes.

South Korea is hoping to continue its gold medal wins in archery. South Korea bagged 19 archery gold last time, but never managed to win all four golds. It is led by Kim Woo-jin, ranked world No. 1 and No. 2, Ku Bon-chan.

The event will start on on Friday and opening ceremony is at evening. S Korean officials said,they are hoping to increase the medal tally this year. The event will take place based on the player’s seeding, added officials.