The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended North Korea from the Beijing Olympics.

North Korea was suspended

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially suspended North Korea from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as punishment for refusing to send a team to the Tokyo Games, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

After pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics in April, North Korea cited a need to safeguard athletes from the “global public health disaster caused by COVID-19” as the reason for their withdrawal.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcement:

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, announced that the North Korean national Olympic organisation will now forfeit money that it was owed from past Olympics. Because of international sanctions, the undetermined amount — which might be in the millions of dollars — had been withheld from the recipient.

Bach also revealed that none of the Afghan athletes who competed in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics – five in the Olympics and two in the Paralympics – went home after the games ended in Tokyo.

In addition to being prohibited from the Beijing Games, which are scheduled for February 4-20, 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that the North will be barred from receiving any financial assistance from the IOC during the term of suspension. International sanctions had already resulted in the freezing of Pyongyang’s financial assets.

As part of their statement, it stated that the North Korean government had been given clear instructions regarding the ramifications of participating in their first Summer Games since Seoul in 1988. If a North Korean athlete qualifies for the Beijing Olympics, Bach stated that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would make “an appropriate judgement in due course.”

Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, Pyongyang refused to send a delegation to Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics were held under the auspices of a state of emergency, which had been declared due to an increase in the number of diseases in the Japanese capital and throughout the country.

In conjunction with the suspension comes the permanent denial of IOC assistance, which had previously been withheld owing to international sanctions.

Furthermore, the impoverished and isolated state, which competed in the most recent Winter Games, which were held across the Korean border in Pyeongchang in 2018, will be denied any help from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the suspension.

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