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North Korea decides not to participate in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19

NHK reported this morning that North Korea’s sports ministry announced on its website that the nation has decided not to send its athletes to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer. The DPRK Olympic Committee reportedly “discussed the suggestions of its members and decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games in order to protect players from the world public health crisis caused by COVID-19.” The network said North Korea has been claiming that there have been zero cases of COVID-19 within the nation and restricting its people’s movement to and from China and Russia. Olympic Minister Marukawa reportedly told reporters this morning that she is aware of the media reports and is currently confirming the details. All commercial networks carried similar reports, saying that Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told the press this morning that the GOJ will closely monitor North Korea’s moves and also lay the groundwork for welcoming as many nations and regions as possible to the Tokyo games.

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