North Korea will not participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the summer of 2021. The decision on this, according to Reuters, was made at a joint meeting of the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic Committee of the DPRK, which was held on March 25 in Pyongyang.
In a statement, Korean officials noted that the rejection of the Olympics is dictated by the desire to “protect athletes from the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus.” Officially, not a single case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the DPRK.
North Korea is refusing to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time since 1988 when the country boycotted the Summer Games in Seoul.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be held in the summer of 2020, but it was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The games will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, without foreign spectators.