The World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) has fined the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) $500,000 for permitting North Korea to fly its flag on the Asian Video games in Hangzhou regardless of it being banned over non-compliance with world anti-doping guidelines.
WADA banned the flag in any respect main sporting occasions, exterior the Olympic and Paralympic Video games, in 2021 after deeming that North Korea had did not implement an efficient testing programme.
However the flag was displayed all through the nineteenth Asian Video games in China on the opening ceremony, within the athletes’ village, and at competitions and medal ceremonies.
“It turned clear through the Asian Video games that the OCA didn’t take steps to adjust to the phrases of the DPRK’s non-compliance and that the DPRK flag was repeatedly flown throughout your entire occasion…,” WADA mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
“Regardless of repeated reminders from WADA earlier than and through the Video games, the OCA refused to conform.”
Reuters has contacted the OCA for remark. (Reuters)