International sport’s anti-doping watchdog has fined the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) $500,000 (about 650 million won) for facilitating North Korea’s use of artificial devices at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
“The independent watchdog of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has fined the OCA,” AFP reported on Monday (Aug. 18), noting that the agency failed to address North Korea’s use of artificial flags throughout the Hangzhou Asian Games, despite WADA’s warnings that they should not be flown at major international events.”
In October 2021, WADA banned North Korea’s artificial flags from flying at international sporting events, including the Asian Games, but not the 카지노사이트 Olympic and Paralympic Games, saying the North Korean anti-doping agency had failed to meet WADA’s rules.
North Korea has not allowed international doping control officials to enter the country since 2020, when it closed its borders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The use of artificial flags is restricted until North Korea fully implements the anti-doping rules outlined by WADA,” WADA said.
WADA’s lifting of the sanction requires corrective actions, including an inspection by an external monitor of the DPRK anti-doping organization, but North Korea still refuses to allow international doping control officers to enter the country and the “no artificial device” discipline continues.
However, the North Korean athletes appeared at the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games on Sept. 23 and again at the closing ceremony on Oct. 8.
The flag was also raised when North Korean athletes won medals.
Throughout the Hangzhou Asian Games, WADA issued warnings to the OCA, which were ignored.
WADA’s independent watchdog fined the OCA and emphasized that the “discipline of prohibiting the use of artificial devices at international competitions” remains in effect. 바카라사이트