FILE PHOTO: A man looks at his mobile phone next to The Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympics Museum in Tokyo, Japan, March 4, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

The DPRK 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 country’s sports ministry’s News service said.