SEOUL, NOV. 7 (SATURDAY) -- Citizens of 82 countries around the world have the opportunity to buy tickets for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games next September, but, at the moment, those in the United States are not among them.

According to Koh Kwang-shin, director general of the Spectator Services Department of the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee, the travel agency recommended by the U.S. Olympic Committee did not meet Korean requirements and has been dropped.

Koh said the agency, Olson-Travelworld, Ltd., of Culver City, Calif., missed an Oct. 20 deadline to meet specific contractual requirements set forth by the Seoul organizing committee for sellers of Olympic tickets, hotel rooms and air fare packages.

However, John Krimsky Jr., deputy secretary general of the USOC, said today the USOC is attempting to resolve "any miscommunication" between the Seoul organizing committee and Olson-Travelworld, which is handling all ticket orders in the United States for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

"Seoul gave them a deadline and they didn't meet that deadline," Krimsky said. "We would like to get that back on track and have them appointed {as the official U.S. travel agency for the Games}. We consider Olson-Travelworld to be a high-quality travel agent. They have significant experience in handling the distribution of tickets when the Olympics have been outside the U.S. and we are comfortable and confident that they can do the job.

"My message to our friends in Seoul," Krimsky added, "is that we have to get the ticket issue resolved as quickly as possible."

Jack Kirkwood, who is Olson-Travelworld's Olympic coordinator, was not available to comment today. Betsy Ramos, an agent in Olson-Travelworld's Olympic department, said, "The only thing I know is that we are still handling Olympic information and we are hoping to have packages by the end of the month."

But Krimsky would not rule out the possibility that another agency would have to be found.

"Nothing is impossible," Krimsky said. "If Seoul wants us to do it, we will."

Said USOC President Robert Helmick: "There shouldn't be a problem. People who want to go will be taken care of."

Although a final figure on the number of tickets the United States will be allotted has not yet been determined, Krimsky said he "expected" it will be "a total of about 100,000."

So far, Krimsky said, Americans have shown greater interest in the Winter Olympics than in the Summer Games.

"There has been significant interest in the Games in Calgary on the part of the U.S. public," Krimsky said. "We haven't that kind of volume yet for Seoul, but we are expecting a much larger volume as we get closer to the Games."

Koh said each country has until the end of November to designate a representative or agency that will try to match the numbers of persons buying tickets with available accommodations. Most of the 16,000 hotel rooms in Seoul already have been booked for the Games, which will take place Sept. 17 through Oct. 2.

But sources here say the U.S. agent that finally obtains the blessings of the USOC and the Seoul committee, may be able to get its share. These sources said some hotels have blocked out rooms for potential U.S. tourists.

Olympic officials expect 260,000 tourists for the Games. With all the hotel rooms booked for months, officials say many visitors will stay in private homes. Koh also said another 800 newly constructed rooms would be available in the Olympic village for tourists. While these facilities will be operated by hotel management personnel, they are not as desirable as accommodations in most of Seoul's luxury hotels.

But Koh said commitments for these rooms will have to be made by Nov. 20.

"The United States Olympic Committee recommended a travel agency and we approved it," said Park Seh-jik, president of the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee in an interview today. "But that agency demanded certain hotel accommodations, which caused problems."

Of the relationship between the USOC and the SOOC concerning the number of American visitors to the Olympics next year, Park Shin-il, director of the Korean overseas information service said: "There are definitely some sticky problems to be worked out."