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North Korea banned from the Olympics accuses Covid of “hostile forces”

North Korea was suspended by the International Olympic Committee in September because it refused to send a team to the Tokyo Summer Olympics, but North Korea skipped the Olympics due to the risks of Covid-19 and the “movement of hostile forces”. Said.

Several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, have also announced diplomatic boycotts for the Winter Olympics. (Reuters)

A letter from the North Korean Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports to China blamed the “hostile forces” and the risk of Covid-19’s inability to participate in the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Pyongyang on Friday also accused the United States of trying to prevent the success of the tournament.

A letter compiled by the Korean Central News Agency mentioned only players who were not eligible after being suspended until the end of 2022 after North Korea did not send a team from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was unclear whether it was. Citing Covid-19’s concerns, at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“We couldn’t attend the Olympics because of the movement of hostile forces and the pandemic, but we fully support all the work of Chinese comrades to host a wonderful and wonderful Olympic festival,” the letter said. ..

The letter also does not mention diplomatic delegations, the country maintains a strict voluntary blockade of borders, and even its diplomats enter and block almost all trade.

Criticizing the U.S. unspecified move, in December government officials announced that they would boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics for China’s human rights record, allowing U.S. athletes to freely participate in Beijing. ..

Several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, have since announced diplomatic boycotts.

“The United States and its troops are no more disguised as a move against China to prevent the successful opening of the Olympics,” the North Korean letter said. “The International Olympic Charter.” As an insult to the spirit of the Olympic Games. ” A basic act that attempts to undermine China’s international image. “

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Only major allies

North Korea has sent high-level political leaders to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea for several previous games, including Kim Yo-jong’s sister, Kim Yo-jong.

Kim Yong-nam, the second-highest official in North Korea at the time, visited Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

China has been the only major ally since North Korea signed the treaty in 1961.

International sanctions imposed on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs have made North Korea more dependent on Beijing for trade and other support.

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A brief history of the boycott of the Olympics

Source: TRT World and distributors

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