After the International Olympic Committee punished North Korea for not participating in this year’s Tokyo Olympics, the isolated state has been barred from the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.
IOC President Thomas Bach made the announcement in Lausanne on Wednesday, informing reporters that North Korea was the only country that did not send a team to Tokyo, in violation of the Olympic charter.
Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, Pyongyang declined to send a delegation to Tokyo. Because of the rising prevalence of infections in the Japanese capital and throughout the country, the Tokyo Olympics were hosted under a state of emergency.
The North Korean Olympic Committee will not receive any financial support during the suspension, according to Bach, although the IOC has the right to consider any North Korean athletes who qualify for the Beijing Olympics, as well as to reassess the ban’s duration.
North Korea competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea’s rival.