North Korea, which has remained silent on the international stage, is moving. Following the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September, the start to return to the 2024 Paris Olympics was captured.

On the 14th (hereinafter Korean time), according to online media Inside the Games, North Korea is expected to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympic qualifiers.

Previously, North Korea did not send athletes to the Tokyo Olympics held in July 2021 on the grounds of preventing the inflow of Corona 19 into the country.

At that time, North Korea was the only country among the 206 NOCs under the IOC that did not send athletes to the Olympics.

In response, IOC President Thomas Bach suspended North Korea’s NOC qualifications until the end of 2022 after the Tokyo Olympics ended in September of that year. During the suspension period, North Korea received no financial support from the IOC and was unable to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

After December 31 of last year, the disciplinary action was automatically terminated and North Korea’s NOC qualifications were restored. North Korea plans to send a representative team to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Grand Prix in Havana, Cuba in June. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics. This seems to be proof that North Korea is pushing for a full-scale return to the Olympics.

In particular, North Korea is called a ‘weightlifting powerhouse’ and has won 18 medals, the highest number of medals in the history of the Summer Olympics. The most recent winning record was the gold medal won by Rim Jeong-sim in the women’s 75kg class at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

If there is no big surprise, the possibility of participating in the Asian Games in Hangzhou seems very high. Japan’s Kyodo News reported on the 13th that North Korea registered a large-scale team of about 200 players, coaches, and executives for the Hangzhou Asian Games.

WADA Chairman Witold Banca (right)-IOC Chairman Thomas Bach, Withtold Banca Social Media Account

However, doping control is the main issue. According to the International Testing Agency (ITA), North Korean weightlifters have never been tested for doping in more than three years since 2019, when the spread of Corona 19 began in earnest. In addition, North Korea’s Anti-Doping Organization has been classified as an ‘unreliable doping organization’ by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

In order to participate in international competitions, doping location information must be registered for the ‘sudden test’ of the athlete at least two months before the competition. However, North Korean players did not register the information until last March.메이저사이트

The ITA emphasized that “all North Korean weightlifters must undergo a doping test in order to compete in international competitions,” and that they are discussing specific methods with WADA.

Meanwhile, the Hangzhou Asian Games will be held from September 23rd to October 8th. The 2024 Paris Olympics will be held from July 26th to August 11th of the following year.

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