Tokyo Olympics Decision From North Korea
North Korea has announced that it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak. While the first country to report withdrawing from the olympics was North Korea, officials said they were surprised by the decision. Organizing Committee officials said the decision was met with “astonishment.” It is not known if any other countries will also withdraw.
According to the Kyodo agency, North Korea was the first country to report its withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics, expected to be held in July. The North Korea Olympic Committee announced that the decision was taken to protect its athletes from the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Our government hopes that the Tokyo Olympics will be an opportunity for peace in the Korean Peninsula as well as enhancing cohesion and cooperation among Koreans.” the South Korean Ministry of Unification said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un previously announced his wish to send a team to the tournament.
It was decided to hold the 2020 olympic games, which were previously planned to be held on 24 July-9 August 2020 and postponed due to the epidemic, on 23 July-8 August 2021.
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