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North Korea Has Pulled Out of the Olympics Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic

North Korea has dropped out of the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

State-run website DPRK Sports announced that the country will not be participating in the Tokyo Games in order “to protect athletes from the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus,” CNN reported.

While North Korea, which has a decrepit public health system, has claimed to be coronavirus-free and shut its border with the outside world since 2020, experts have expressed doubt on whether the country has escaped the pandemic entirely, according to the AP.

North Korea fans cheer at the finish during the Men's Slalom on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in South Korea photo.
North Korea fans cheer at the finish during the Men’s Slalom on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The decision made by North Korea’s Olympic Committee came after a meeting with committee members and sports officials on March 25 in Pyongyang.

This will be the first Summer Olympics that North Korea has missed since when they were held in Seoul in 1988.

Olympic ice skater Kim Ju Sik (centre L) of North Korea holds a national flag during the '26th Paektusan Prize Figure Skating Festival in Celebration of the Day of the Shining Star' as part of celebrations marking the birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang photo.
Olympic ice skater Kim Ju Sik (centre L) of North Korea holds a national flag during the ’26th Paektusan Prize Figure Skating Festival in Celebration of the Day of the Shining Star’ as part of celebrations marking the birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang. (Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)

Japan’s Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa said Olympic officials are still awaiting confirmation details.

Due to the pandemic, the Tokyo Games have already been pushed back a year from 2020 to July 23 to August 8 this year. But the resumption of the Games has been controversial, with concerns from officials in Japan over a possible fourth wave of infections, according to CNN.

South Korea, Pyeongchang, Olympics, Alpine Skiing, Men's slalom, first round, Yongpyong Alpine Centre: North Korea's cheerleaders sit in the stands photo.
North Korea’s cheerleaders sit in the stands at Alpine Skiing, Men’s slalom, first round at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Last month, the Olympic Organizing Committee announced that international spectators will not be allowed entry into the country as a preventative measure against COVID-19.

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