The Secretive North Korean state, has reportedly pulled out of the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics due to concerns of its athletes contracting the deadly COVID-19 virus.
The Military state since 2020 severed ties with the outside world so as to prevent an influx of COVID-19 case into the country. The country has not reported a single case of Covid-19, and there have been no indications one has taken place, though health experts doubt Pyongyang’s claim the country has not seen a single case of the virus.
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According to a report published Tuesday, April 6, on DPRK Sports, a state media outlet focused on sports affairs, North Korean officials announced that the country would not be participating in this summer’s Games in order to “protect players from the world public health crisis caused by Covid-19.”
The decision was made by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Olympic Committee, which held a video conference meeting with committee members and sports officials on March 25 in Pyongyang, DPRK Sports reported.
The Olympic Games are currently scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8. The Paralympics will follow, from August 24 to September 5.
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This is the first time North Korea has missed the Olympics since it boycotted the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
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