Ticket sales are low, while North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing and missile launches have dented hopes the neighbours would field joint teams

Nuclear tensions and public apathy are hitting ticket sales for 2018’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, casting a shadow over what had been billed as “peace games”.

Organisers hope to attract more than a million spectators to the Games in five months’ time. Events will be held 80km (50 miles) from the South’s heavily armed border with North Korea.

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