North Korea will not participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing due to hostile forces and the pandemic. This is stated in a letter sent by the Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports of the DPRK to the organizing committee of the Winter Olympic Games.
“We announced that we would not be able to take part in the Olympic Games due to the actions of hostile forces and a global pandemic, '' the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea (CTAC) said in a statement.
It also notes that Pyongyang said in a letter that it “ fully supports the Chinese comrades in their work to host the magnificent and wonderful Olympic festival '', and also expressed confidence in the successful holding of the Olympics, despite “ all kinds of obstacles and difficulties, rallying around Secretary General Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party. ''
The Winter Olympics in Beijing will be held from 4 to February 22, Paralympics – March 4-13, 2022. A number of countries decided not to send their diplomats to the event, having announced a boycott of the Olympics for political reasons – because of the oppression of the Uyghurs by the Chinese authorities.
Thus, Canada became the fourth country to boycott the Olympics. Earlier, Australia, Great Britain, the USA and New Zealand decided not to send diplomats to the Games. But the latter linked her decision not to the boycott, but to the pandemic.