@JakeDaltonsBiceps @YurchenkoLoop and @makam
I read the article all the way through, and I have a very different takeaway. They didn’t want to go anyway. It’s part of a longstanding pattern of secluding their populace from the rest of the world as a means of controlling them. They used the pandemic as an excuse not to participate, which, to me, is even worse.
It’s like your aunt who doesn’t go to birthday parties and always figures out a way to use something as an excuse, but you know that the real reason is that she doesn’t like your parents and also doesn’t want her kids hanging out with you. LOL
Literally every other NOC sent a delegation, according to the article. The article also opens the door for athletes to participate (presumably under an Olympic flag).
Moreover, if they weren’t planning on going to 2022 Olympics anyway, then what practical problem is there with penalizing them through 2022? It’s a way of communicating the graveness of the issue as well as denying funding, which they clearly don’t deserve, and forcing them to commit to 2024 before committing more money in return. If they aren’t even going to send a few athletes to nominally participate, then they shouldn’t receive the funding.