Olympic officials: No discussions about U.S. not participating in 2018 Olympics

Winter sports are highly popular in Russia which has been banned from the Winter Olympics over doping violations

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Wednesday that it "was an open question" whether Team USA would participate.

"I think those are conversations that we're going to have to have, but what have we always said? We live our lives", Haley said on Fox News.

".And certainly that is a ideal opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for".

According to a report, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is reportedly saying she's not certain we should send our athletes to the Olympics.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula has escalated since the beginning of the year over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests conducted in violation of the UN Security Council's resolution.

The Olympic games are set to begin February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Asked if that meant there's still uncertainty over whether US athletes will participate, Haley said it's "an open question".

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley cast doubt on whether America would take part in an interview with the Fox News Channel on Wednesday.

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In related news, Russian Federation this week was banned from attending the Winter Olympics 2018 after "systematic manipulation" of anti-doping rules. "We remain closely engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues as we do every Olympics".

"We plan on supporting two full delegations in PyeongChang" for the Olympics and Paralympics, a U.S. Olympic Committee spokesperson told NBC Sports on Thursday. The host, Martha MacCallum, asked her, "Is that a done deal - is the United States recommending that our team goes, or is that still an open question, in this environment?"

The U.S. has only boycotted the Olympics Games once.

Speaking in late October, USOC vice president of sport performance Kelly Skinner said, "Every Games environment brings about unique challenges, and we have some tremendous partners in the State Department that can help us prepare".

The IOC and United States Olympic Committee (USOC), however, claim to be "closely monitoring" the situation but that it is now safe for competition.

In Pyeongchang, ticket sales have been lagging but Olympic preparations continue unabated.

A set of joint military exercises between the US and South Korea are scheduled to take part during March next year, despite it coming within the "Olympic Truce" window which is supposed to exist for the entire period of the Olympics and Paralympics.

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