The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Wednesday that it is suspending North Korea until the end of 2022 after the country’s refusal to attend the Tokyo Olympics.
“The NOC of the People’s Republic of Korea was the only NOC not participating in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The IOC executive board decided to suspend the NOC until the end of 2022, as a result of this unilateral decision,” said IOC president Thomas Bach in a news conference.
The IOC’s decision meant the North Korean Olympic Committee would not receive financial support during the suspension.
The suspension will also prevent North Korea from attending the Beijing Winter Games.
North Korea had withdrawn its delegation to the Tokyo Olympics in April over concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it wanted to protect its athletes from the virus.
North Korea’s no-show was the first occasion that the country did not attend an Olympics since 1988 when it boycotted the Seoul Games during the Cold War.
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