The International Olympic Committee or IOC suspends North Korean Olympic Committee. According to reports, the suspension was due to North Korea’s decision not to join the Tokyo Summer Games.
As part of the suspension, North Korea can’t join the Beijing Winter Olympics. IOC’s executive board suspended the North Korean Olympic Committee up to the end of 2022. Also, North Korea was the only nation that didn’t send any athletes to the recently concluded Summer Olympics.
According to sports betting reports, North Korea said they want to protect their athletes from the pandemic. Thus, they opted out of the Olympics this year. As part of the nation’s suspension, the North Korean Olympic Committee will not receive any program or assistance from the IOC.
IOC Suspends North Korean Olympic Committee
According to a sports forum, the IOC previously withheld financial support from North Korea due to international sanctions. After the suspension, the said financial assistance will be forfeited. Also, the IOC would decide on the future of North Korean athletes in the Beijing Winter Olympics should they qualify for it.
The suspension has been a steep drop in the country’s Olympic status since the 2018 Winter Games. During that time, the IOC tried to assist a diplomatic breakthrough between the two Koreas. As a result, athletes from both countries walked together in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Also, they created a single team for the women’s ice hockey event.
North Korea withdrew its Olympic team in April. According to sports betting tips, the country wanted to protect its athlete from the worldwide public health crisis due to the pandemic. However, the IOC said North Korea broke its Olympic charter obligation. The suspension will be up to the end of 2022 and the IOC can extend its validity.