Japan has decided to exempt North Korean sports athletes from entry restrictions.
Kyodo News reported on the 26th that the Japanese government has begun a review to allow North Korean men’s and women’s soccer teams to enter the Olympic and World Cup qualifying matches in February and March next year.랭크카지노
Japan prohibits North Korean nationals from entering the country as one of its own sanctions against North Korea for missile launches.
However, sports exchanges are expected to allow the North Korean national soccer team to enter the country, judging that they fall under special circumstances.
“You can’t discriminate for political reasons in sports”
“We cannot discriminate against sports for political reasons,” a Japanese government official said. However, the government plans to allow entry after examining the status of officials who will come with the North Korean team.
The Japanese government has also decided to allow Japanese athletes to participate in the Olympic and World Cup qualifying games in North Korea.
The Japanese national women’s soccer team will play a home game against North Korea in the final Asian qualifying round for the Paris Olympics on Feb. 24 next year, and will play an away game in North Korea on Feb. 28. They will compete for tickets to the Paris Olympics with the combined score of the two games.
The Japanese men’s national soccer team is also set to play its second Asian qualifying match against North Korea on March 21 next year, and it will have to visit North Korea on the 26th to play an away game.
In Group B of the second World Cup qualifying round, which started in November, Japan ranks first in the group with two wins (6 points) and North Korea ranks second in the group with one win and one loss (3 points).
North Korean sports return to international competitions after COVID-19 ends
Earlier, North Korean players entered Japan to participate in the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games and the East Asian Football Confederation (EAFF) E-1 Championship.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, North Korea was disciplined by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for missing various international competitions without permission due to its strong closure of its borders and was also excluded from the FIFA world ranking list.
However, he announced his return by participating in the Hangzhou Asian Games in October, and is also aiming for the Paris Olympics and the World Cup finals in North Korea, China and the U.S.