CALGARY, FEB. 11 -- Less than two days before the flame is lighted to begin the XVth Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch closed the 93rd session of the IOC meetings here by enthusiastically pronouncing the Olympic movement "stronger than ever."

Yet, as the Olympic community prepared in warm temperatures and high spirits for its Games to start, it found itself embroiled in a political controversy that, ironically enough, has nothing to do with the Winter Games.

Roh Jae Won, South Korea's ambassador to Canada, said Wednesday he expects North Korea to try to disrupt the Summer Olympics in Seoul by "war or a warlike act" or "state-sponsored terrorism."

This afternoon, Samaranch said Roh should not have been talking about the Olympics at all.

"I read something about this in the press today," Samaranch said. "I don't know why the ambassador was there.

"That was a report given by SLOOC {the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee}. There was no place for the ambassador of South Korea."

Richard Pound of Canada, an IOC vice president, said he didn't think "it was a good idea to have him there. In all fairness to the ambassador, he is not aware of the nuances of the Olympic movement. You shouldn't just march someone in to talk about politics that way."

The Summer Olympics were an important topic at Samaranch's news conference, which ended four days of IOC meetings at the Calgary Convention Centre.

Samaranch said "time is against" the IOC in trying to convince nations that had refused invitations to change their minds and come to Seoul for the Summer Olympics, Sept. 17-Oct. 2. But, he said, "We are keeping the door open."

Samaranch also gave a strong endorsement of the Seoul Olympics. "I think everything's going very well there," he said.

But, for the next 2 1/2 weeks, Samaranch would prefer to put concerns about Seoul on the back burner and enjoy the Calgary Olympics, which are expected to go off without a hitch.

"Even the weather is cooperating," Samaranch said of the 50-degree temperatures brought in by a Chinook (wind). "We should be sharing in some terrific Olympic Games, perhaps the best ever . . . Everything's going very well. The major problem of Calgary is that there are no problems. Everything's going perfectly."

On the state of the IOC and Olympic movement, Samaranch said, "The Olympic world is showing how vital and strong it is. The most important thing to me is unity."

Samaranch had sounded strong warnings on the issue of drug use by Olympic athletes in a speech to open the meetings Monday, and the subject hung over the meetings throughout the week.

"If you ask me if we're happy, no, we are not happy," Samaranch said about doping and drug use. "But we have control of athletes once every four years."

Prince Alexandre de Merode, chairman of the IOC's medical commission, said the organization is planning to add a rule to its charter prohibiting the trafficking of substances not allowed by the IOC.

Merode's statement concerns the case of Soviet speed-skater Sergei Guliaev, who is suspected of acting as a middleman in a steroid-smuggling scheme involving a former Soviet team doctor and a Norwegian athlete, Stein Krosby. Guliaev has said he was not aware the packages he gave Krosby contained steroids.

The IOC already is considering sites for the 1996 Olympics, the 100th anniversary of the start of the modern Olympics. Although the Olympics of 1896 were held in Athens, Samaranch said there would be "no special considerations" for Athens' bid to host the 1996 Games.

The 1992 Olympics will be in Albertville, France (Winter), and Barcelona (Summer).

In other news, the IOC announced the election of five new members: Princess Anne of Great Britain, Fidel Mendoza Carrasquilla of Columbia, Wu Ching-kuo of Chinese Taipei, Rampaul Ruhee of Mauritius and Tay Wilson of New Zealand.