North Korea has been banned from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as punishment because the country wouldn’t send a team to 2020 Tokyo Games refering to pandemic concerns.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach declared Wednesday that North Korea’s national Olympic committee is suspended until the finish of 2022. The Beijing Olympics are Feb. 4-20.
“They were violating the Olympic Charter and did not fulfill their obligation as stated in the Olympic Charter to participate,” International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Wednesday in clarifying the punishment.
Be that as it may, as per Thomas Bach, individual athletes from the country who qualify for the Winter Games might in any case have the option to contend pending a separate decision.
North Korea refered to worries over the COVID-19 pandemic when it reported in April that it would skip the Tokyo Olympics. Bach and the IOC have taken great pride in having the option to pull off the Olympics and Paralympics by using a series of severe conventions that included day by day testing for competitors, no spectators and prohibitions on Games staff using public transportation and sightseeing.
In April, North Korea reported the withdrawal of its team from the Tokyo Olympics. The Hermit Kingdom at the time said it expected to protect its competitors from the “world public health crisis caused by COVID-19.”
North Korea’s suspension keeps going through 2022, yet might actually be broadened, Bach said.
Ten North Korean contenders were shipped off the 2018 Winter Games and none took an interest in 2014 at Sochi, Russia. In 2010, North Korea sent two competitors to Vancouver.
North Korea’s punishment could likewise serve as a warning to any nation considering skipping Beijing over worries about human rights abuses, explicitly China’s treatment of the Uyghur populace.
North Korea sent 22 competitors to the latest Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and Bach hailed their essence as an achievement in peace efforts on the Korean peninsula.
North and South Korean competitors walked together in the opening ceremony, and the nations consolidated to form a women’s ice hockey team.
Thomas Bach additionally made a trip to North Korea in March 2018. He said at the time that conversations concerning how to further develop improvement of competitors so they could qualify for Tokyo and Beijing were on the plan.
Should any North Korean competitors quality for Beijing, Bach demonstrated the IOC could permit them to partake as neutral competitors.
“Athletes should not suffer from wrong decisions of their agencies or their officials,” Thomas Bach said. “So there we have kept this door open”.
Notwithstanding not competing in Beijing, the IOC said North Korea should forfeit an unspecified amount of financial support. The cash had as of now been held up due to international sanctions.