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Will the Winter Olympics help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula?

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Safety issues have been a major talking point as South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang between February 9 and 25.

Tensions are high in the region after a series of missile tests by North Korea and shows of military force by the US and South Korea.

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The US has also agreed to postpone planned military drills with South Korea until after the Games have finished.

Given the volatile and unpredictable nature of the situation thus far, all sides will be wary to expect too much from next week meeting, or any subsequent participation by North Korea at the Games.

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Russia can also expect the same eagerness of the Western media canada goose outlet vip to jump on the slightest hiccup as was the case with the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

However, the signs are good after the 2017 Confederations Cup, an eight nation tournament seen as a warm up event for 2018 main event, was heralded a success by visiting fans and players alike.

Likewise, despite delays with the stadium in Samara, preparations for football showpiece event next summer are largely on track.

The canada goose outlet us national Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will host the opening game on June 14 and final on July 15, reopened in November following a $450 million facelift.

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The legacy for the nation itself will be also an important factor, as regions outside the largest cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg receive a boost to the local economy and lasting infrastructure upgrades.

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