LONDON — The International Olympic Committee would cancel the 1988 Summer Olympic Games rather than move them if political problems make it impossible to hold the Games in Seoul, South Korea, a London newspaper reported Tuesday.
"It is Seoul or no 1988 Olympics," IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph. "Either we go to Seoul or there will be no Games."
Samaranch has said in the past that no alternative sites to Seoul have been discussed.
The South Korean capital has been in turmoil recently because of violent protests against the government of President Chun Doo Hwan. Last week, Chun accepted a series of opposition proposals and the situation has stabilized somewhat, although demonstrations have sparked violence again in the last few days.
In Los Angeles, Anita De Frantz, one of two U.S. IOC members, said she was not surprised by Samaranch's strong statement.