The North Korean Federation has indicated, according to Yonhap, that its players’ risk of contracting Covid-19 was among the main reasons for its decision not to travel to South Korea next month.
It is reported that South Korea was chosen by the AFC in March as one of the central stadiums for the Asian qualifiers for Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023 in China.
The Group H matches, which include the leaders of Turkmenistan, Lebanon, North Korea and Sri Lanka, are scheduled to take place from May 31 to June 15, 2021.
The Associated Press quoted an official with the Unification Ministry in South Korea, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, that Seoul still hopes that North Korea will participate in the World Cup qualifiers in South Korea, saying it will provide a rare opportunity for sports exchanges amid tense times in relations between The two countries.
“We will wait for the AFC to finish its internal discussions and inform our government of the final result,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters.