North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) first participated at the Olympic Games in 1964, appearing only in the Winter Olympic Games that year. Eight years later in 1972, the nation first participated at the Summer Olympic Games. Since then, the nation has appeared in every Summer Games, except when they joined the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics, and when they boycotted the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea's attendance at the Winter Games has been infrequent, only seven of the last twelve Games have included a North Korean team. In 2010 a team competed at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
North Korean athletes have won a total of 47 medals, two of which were won at the Winter Games.
The National Olympic Committee for North Korea is the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and was created in 1953 and recognized in 1957.
North Korea participated in the Paralympic Games for the first time in 2012. Persons with disabilities in North Korea (with the exception of veterans) were reported in 2006 by The Daily Telegraph to be locked away in camps, and "subjected to harsh and sub-human conditions", although the United Nations reports that the government is "beginning to consider welfare for the disabled". However the charity Handicap International reports that it has been operating in North Korea since 1999, assisting the Korean Federation for the Protection of Disabled People. Yahoo news reported in 2012 that a paralympic cultural centre exists in the capital Pyongyang.
Medal tables Edit
- See also: All-time Olympic Games medal count
Medals by Summer Games Edit
|1984 Los Angeles||did not participate|
|1988 Seoul||did not participate|
Medals by Winter Games Edit
|1968 Grenoble||did not participate|
|1976 Innsbruck||did not participate|
|1980 Lake Placid||did not participate|
|1994 Lillehammer||did not participate|
|2002 Salt Lake City||did not participate|
Medals by sport Edit
|Short track speed skating||0||0||1||1|
- ↑ "North Korea locks up disabled in 'subhuman' gulags, says UN", The Daily Telegraph, October 21, 2006
- ↑ "North Korea begins to help disabled", UNHCR, March 5, 2008
- ↑ "North Korea", Handicap International. Retrieved on 29 July 2012.
- ↑ "Taedonggong Cultural Center for the Disabled", Yahoo news, 13 June 2012. Retrieved on 29 July 2012.
- Olympic Medal Winners. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved on 2007-12-14.
- Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved on 2011-08-08.