On April 6, local time, according to the North Korean Sports Network, North Korea announced that it would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics this year due to the new crown pneumonia epidemic.
Source: CCTV News
How does the relevant question evaluate the human rights organization’s call for the International Olympic Committee to reconsider Beijing’s qualification for hosting the Winter Olympics?
This is a very normal decision. 1. Korean sports is a nationwide system, and its athlete status and status are similar to those of military personnel. It is a matter of one sentence whether they participate in a certain sporting event. North Korea has only a very small number of professional athletes in football, and almost all of these athletes live in Japan. North Korea’s own sports industry is better than nothing, and abandoning the right to participate in the Olympics will not have any impact on the domestic market. 2. Even if North Korea is willing to participate in the Olympics, due to its highly closed policy since the epidemic, North Korean athletes cannot normally participate in many Olympic qualifying events, and the attributes of North Korean athletes obviously do not allow them to train and compete abroad, and their world rankings are also higher. If it is low, there is no qualification for the Olympics, and if you go, you will go for nothing. In contrast, with the same strict immigration isolation policy, athletes from countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand can train in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. For example, almost all Chinese athletes participating in the Australian Open are trained in the Middle East. 3. There is another difficulty for North Korean athletes to overcome, that is, there is no direct flight from Pyongyang to Tokyo. If North Korean athletes want to participate in the competition, they need to carry a nucleic acid certificate (it is a question whether the North Korean side can issue it). It takes 21 days to fly from Pyongyang to Beijing. According to the method of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, the nucleic acid certificate should arrive in Tokyo 7 days in advance. . After the Olympics, I still carry the nucleic acid certificate (don’t worry about this, after all, there will be constant testing during the game) from Tokyo to Beijing, where it is another 21 days, and then back to Pyongyang, where I will be quarantined for about 30 days. All the above expenses are borne by the DPRK, plus the 72-day quarantine before and after, the athletes can retire after returning home after such a tossing lap. There is another route that takes Vladivostok, but it does not need to be isolated, but the risk of the epidemic is greater than that of Tokyo. 4. After all, the medical level of North Korea is weak. If North Korean athletes are accidentally infected in Japan, China or Russia, they will also bring risks after returning home. Although North Korea adopts the most stringent immigration management policy, the number of Olympic athletes is estimated to be 50 to 100. The risk to a country like North Korea is not necessarily small. This is actually what the official statement implies. 5. There may be other political reasons. However, non-participation rather than boycott may reduce international countermeasures (such as the possible suspension of the Olympic Committee and individual sports associations). Similarly, in the World Cup qualifiers held in South Korea in June, the possibility of North Korea withdrawing is not small. Of course, the quarantine of 30 people (maybe less than that, because some players are from Japan) has better control points than Olympic athletes.