Pyeongchang leaders rule out sharing Olympics
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Pyeongchang leaders rule out sharing Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have ruled out sharing the games with other countries as a cost-cutting move.

The high cost of building the facility for bobsled, luge and skeleton prompted the IOC to ask that those events be staged at existing facilities outside of South Korea. The IOC said it was only an option, and Pyeongchang had the final call.

The Pyeongchang organizing committee (POCOG), which has resisted the move all along and continued to build the $120 million facility, reaffirmed it was for the status quo.

POCOG president Cho Yang-ho said on Friday, “it is our wish to have all events staged in Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon as per our original bid plan.”

He said he would accept further input from the International Olympic Committee, but said a late change was difficult “given that construction for all competition venues is already in progress.”