The North Korean Olympic Committee issued the resolution in order to protect its athletes from coronavirus infections

North Korea has announced that it will not participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as they seek to “protect” their athletes from possible contagion of COVID-19.

The decision has been known through a publication made late Monday by the website of the North Korean Department of Sports that reports the results of the assembly of the Olympic Committee of the Asian country, held on March 25, said resolution was adopted not to send athletes to the Olympics.

“In the general assembly, the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea decided not to participate in the thirty-second Olympic Games in order to protect athletes from the global health crisis caused by a malignant viral infection,” the note explains.

The text explains the decision in the last paragraph of the piece and does not add more details about it.

Following this meeting of the North Korean Olympic Committee and publicized by the regime’s propaganda media, many experts suspected that Pyongyang would cancel its participation in the Games based on its strict quarantine and isolation system.

The extreme level of seclusion activated to prevent the spread of the virus have led to the almost total suspension of trade with China (from whom North Korea buys 90% of its imports), raising concerns about the shortage of basic products, and it has led most diplomats to leave the country.

The South Korean government hoped that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will start on July 23, would be a stage to reactivate the dialogue with its neighbor, at a time marked by the diplomatic distancing on the peninsula and by the stagnation of the dialogue on denuclearization with USA.