The country said it would skip the Olympics this summer in order to It “protects players from the global health crisis caused by COVID-19”, according to a report released Tuesday in North Korean media DPRK sports, a sports enterprise website.
The decision was made by the DPRK Olympic Committee, which held a video conference with board members and sports officials on March 25 in the capital Pyongyang, DPRK Sports reported.
The tournament is currently scheduled to take place between 23 July and 8 August.The Paralympics will follow from 24 August to 5 September.
Organizers were forced to postpone the Olympics for the first time in the event’s history in March 2020 due to a coronary heart disease outbreak.
Last month, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said international audiences would be denied entry to Japan due to the prevalence of the coronavirus at home and abroad.