The North Korean Olympic Committee decided at the meeting that “the 32nd edition of the Games will not be attended, to protect athletes from the global health crisis posed by Kovid-19, as proposed by committee members,” Ministry information It is stated in the service of the game on this Monday.
North Korea is the first country to announce that it will not send athletes Japan To participate in the Olympics. The Games were to be held last year, but were postponed due to the epidemic. The opening ceremony is scheduled on 23 July. Entry of foreign fans and volunteers is prohibited by the Japanese government.
Monday’s announcement frustrated South Korea’s hopes of using the Olympic Games as an opportunity to strengthen diplomatic relations with the neighboring country, as the North sent athletes from the United States. 2018 PyeongChang Winter OlympicsTo the south. That sporting event also provoked a historic meeting between the North Korean leader. Kim Jong Un And the then president America, Donald Trump.
North Korea said it was free of coronaviruses, but since last year it has tightened border controls and taken other restrictive measures to prevent its outbreak in the country.