Two Olympic Villages that will house 2,900 athletes during the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Games officially opened in PyeongChang and Gangneung, on Thursday. «I'm confident that the village will be a place where athletes and officials can relax and connect with their counterparts,» PyeongChang 2018 chief organiser Lee Hee-beom said in his welcoming statement at the PyeongChang Village... Еще. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was among those attending the PyeongChang Village opening. The flags of all Olympic participating countries, including North Korea, were raised at the Villages. Under South Korean law, raising the North Korean flag is illegal, with the exception of Olympic venues for official IOC-approved events.