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At your own risk: the half empty tribunes of PyeongChang 2018

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While public officials and attorneys of international sports organizations stay positive about the 2018 Olympics in South Korea despite the unceasing exchange of threats between the U.S. and North Korea, the decline of viewers' interest and tourist expectations over the upcoming main winter sports event prove quite the opposite.

Earlier in 2017 the International Olympic Committee expressed its concern about selling tickets in South Korea, and now it is time for the Committee and sponsors to ring the alarm bell because selling tickets to tourists also turned out to be a no go. In some countries the PyeongChang 2018 Ticket Lottery misfired because the demand was significantly lower than the amount of tickets reserved for that purpose.

Sometimes things are really sad. The Korea Federation of Banks, one of the official PyeongChang 2018 sponsors, said in September 2017 it had to buy 1 billion worth of tickets as part of its "social responsibility" efforts. That means the tickets will be spread among Federation's employees free of charge in an effort to support the Olympics.

Of course, public interest in winter sports has not vanished, but people still remember about what we call self-protection. But when the U.S. Olympic Committee's security chief says there is no sign of compromised security in North Korea  a few days after Trump threatened to destroy North Korea in his first U.N. speech ... Well, it is time to relax and think it over...

Canada's authorities also do not care a stich about security of their own citizens who schedule their visits to PyeongChang in 2018. Alarmed fans forward their letters to newspapers which try and fail to get any response from the authorities. Canadians will most likely have to go to South Korea at their own risk in February 2018.

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