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In an about turn on its earlier decision, North Korea says it will NOT send a cheerleading squad to the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea.
So, it looks as though North Korean athletes will have to make do with the support of their coaches and staff.
Appearing on state-run Korean Central TV on Thursday, the vice chairman of North Korea's National Olympic Committee, Son Kwang-ho , blamed Seoul's concerns over the cheering team when the two sides met last month.
He added that the decision was relayed to South Korea last week.
Accommodation expenses for the cheering team were a thorny issue because the host nation can only provide partial financial support for the athletes, according to international rules.
Despite the move, the North has already said it will send a 273-member delegation made up of athletes and sports officials to the Asian Games, which kick off on September 19th in Incheon.
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