Kim Jong Un
In this March 2, 2020, file photo Kim Jong Un inspects a military drill at undisclosed location in North Korea. Image Credit: AP

Seoul: North Korea will not attend the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Pyongyang’s sports ministry said, citing the risks of coronavirus infection.

At a meeting the North’s Olympic Committee “decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games in order to protect players from the world public health crisis caused by COVID-19”, the North’s sports ministry’s news service said.