Case study: How IOC President Juan Samaranch outlasted North Korea

PALM DESERT, August 23, 2017 – The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea next February. You probably know that already.

But it would not have happened if the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul had not been such a success, attracting 159 nations to compete there – an all-time record – even including countries which did not have diplomatic relations with the host country.

How? Much of the credit has to go to IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who launched a noteworthy diplomatic offensive, recounted by IOC member Dick Pound in a 1994 book. We take a quick tour of the situation and the solution as recounted by Pound in our Lane One commentary, plus:

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