Olympic Notes: South Korean PM Visits Sochi To Promote PyeongChang Games
South Korean PM Chung Hong-won "embarked on a trip to Sochi Thursday for talks" with Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev and IOC President Thomas Bach to promote PyeongChang as the host for the next winter Games. Chung is scheduled to meet with Bach "to explore ways to cooperate for the successful holding of the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics" in '18 (YONHAP, 2/20). ... Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee Chair Yoshiro Mori criticized Japanese figure skater Mao Asada on Thursday, and said that "her failure in her individual short program the day before could be traced to her participation in the new team event." Mori: "I went to see Mao-chan do her best for us (in the team competition), but she flopped spectacularly" (KYODO, 2/20).