North Korea has become the first country to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus fears. A website run by the North Korea’s Sports Ministry said its national Olympic Committee confirmed during a meeting on March 25 that it has decided not to participate in the Games to protect athletes from the world public health crisis caused by Covid-19. Walkden hopeful of golden summer for British Taekwondo Japanese swimmer books Olympics spot after battling leukaemia Thompson on Olympics marathon at 40: Age is just a number The pandemic has already pushed back the Tokyo Games, which were originally scheduled for 2020, and organisers have scrambled to put in place preventive measures, such as banning international spectators, to ensure the safety of athletes and residents. Japan’s Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that North Korea has not yet notified it that it would not participate in the Tokyo Games. Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said the government hopes many countries will join the Olympics and he promised ample anti-virus measures. South Korea’s Unification Ministry expressed regret over the North’s decision, saying it had hoped that the Tokyo Olympics would provide an opportunity to improve inter-Korean relations, which have declined amid… Read full this story
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