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N. Korea Withdraws from Tokyo Summer Olympics Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

FILE - In this Oct 12, 2020, file photo, soldiers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus rally to…

North Korea says it will not participate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.  

The country’s sports ministry said the decision was made “in order to protect players from the world public health crisis caused by COVID-19,” in a statement dated Monday. 

If North Korea follows through with the decision, it would be the first time it has skipped an Olympics since 1988, when the games were in Seoul. It is the first country to pull out of this year’s Tokyo games.  

The Tokyo games have been delayed a year due to the coronavirus but are set details ⇒

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