North Korean banned from participation in 2022 Winter Olympics

13:36, 10 September 2021
North Korean banned from participation in 2022 Winter Olympics Photo: Stanislav Kogiku/Global Look Press

North Korea will not appear at the 2022 Winter Olympic which will take place in the Chinese capital of Beijing as it was barred from participation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for skipping the Tokyo Games.

“They were violating the Olympic Charter and did not fulfill their obligation as stated in the Olympic Charter to participate,” Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president said in a statement.

Individual athletes who have the qualification to compete may be allowed to do so by a separate decision.

North Korea justified its decision by saying that such a massive event is dangerous considering that the pandemic is still posing a threat.

Due to this decision, the Asian country will face a suspension till the year 2022, however, according to Bach, it may be extended later.

The latest events showcase a major drop in North Korea’s diplomatic relations with the world, compared to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea when both Koreas united their teams for the opening ceremony and marched together. 

Earlier, North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its foundation with a night-time parade in which people marched in hazmat suits illustrating the country’s efforts in battling the pandemic.