The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on Friday that it had fined the Olympic Council of Asia half a million dollars for allowing the North Korean flag to fly at the Asian Games, while Pyongyang is subject to sanctions.
The Montreal-based agency declared North Korea’s anti-doping body “non-compliant” in 2021 and imposed sanctions that in principle prevent Pyongyang from flying its flag at a regional, continental or global sporting event, at exclusion from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Despite reminders from WADA before and during the Games, the Olympic Council of Asia refused to comply,” the agency said in a statement.
The North Korean flag was flown several times during the Asian Games held in Hanghzhou, China in September and October.
The Olympic Council of Asia, the governing body for sport in Asia, has three weeks to appeal. The council did not immediately comment on the decision.