The representative will not participate in the rest of the tie for the World Cup for fear of COVID-19
North Korea does not intend to participate in the remainder of the Asia qualifier for the Qatar World Cup 2022, as reported today by the federation of South Korea (KFA), which is due to host in June all the pending matches of the group in which the North Koreans are framed.
According to sources from the KFA quoted by the Yonhap news agency, the North Korean Federation (PRKFA) sent to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) a document stating your intention not to participate.
Due to the pandemic, it was decided that the remaining eight matches of Group H (which includes the two Koreas, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Turkemistan) of the second qualifying round of the AFC for Qatar 2022 they must be contested in South Korea between next June 3 and 15.
Even if the two Koreas are technically still at war And the possibility that the Northerners would play games in the South seemed difficult in itself, Yonhap affirms that the reason for the North Korean withdrawal would be the fear that their players will catch COVID-19 and bring the virus back to the impoverished country.
Due to the pandemic, North Korea has closed its borders to human trafficking since January 2020.
As the months have passed, the country has further tightened restrictions to an almost paranoid level, greatly limiting imports from China (for fear they are infected) and ordering its military to shoot anyone who approaches its border.
In the absence of playing another three games to conclude their participation in the second round, North Korea was fourth (out of five) in Group H, but had a chance to qualify for world being tied at eight points with Lebanon and South Korea (with one game less) and only one from Turkmenistan, leader with 9 points.