There are a lot of rumors around the so-called North Korean athletes who are "defectors", which, as a rule, are not confirmed. For those who would like to prove that people are fleeing from the DPRK to the “free” West, it is very difficult to give such examples. North Korea has a very strong system of educating youth in a patriotic spirit, so among the athletes of this country it is difficult to name those who became traitors and emigrated abroad during any international sports competition. Although such "news" periodically appears in the press hostile to the North Koreans, these reports do not receive further development in the form of, for example, press conferences or interviews with those who are presented as "defectors". And there is no living person, so there is no continuation of such stories. Although, in fact, North Korean citizens sometimes appear in China and even in Russia, who seek to move here for their own reasons. We tend to push them back. The reaction of the Chinese is different. But these cases do not relate to the question of the Olympic Games or other competitions.
There was such a case, but at an unusual Olympiad. At the Hong Kong International Mathematics Olympiad, North Korean competitor Jong Yol-ri was able to escape to South Korea.
it would be interesting to know why the author of this question did not run away from Russia and some guys who are surprised that Koreans do not run away from their country did not run away. Obviously they (the guys from Russia) are already ready to run away and only fear keeps them at home. Otherwise, how to understand that normal people might think that people from other countries will certainly flee from their own country somewhere.
Yes, as it were, the DPRK will be much more decent than many so-called civilized countries in terms of living. By the way, they can sincerely love not their country but their country.
Sorry, but why would they run away? They went to play for their country, it is a great honor and joy for them. Moreover, Olympic athletes and their families certainly have some privileges at home. There is no need to consider the DPRK Mordor and think that everything is awful there. And you shouldn't believe Mansky's film 100% either)) Read the blogs, listen to lectures by Korean scholars who have been to this country more than once (Lankov, Asmolov (was in 2017), Kiryanov) to draw conclusions.
Where can you run away from the village, where are the North Korean security officers around, who guarded not only athletes, but also fans of this truly great country. Plus, stopood, the most morally stable and politically correct guys were selected for the ranks of the Olympians, led by the bright path of Kim Il Sung and the Juche ideology.
Overall, the previous speaker is right - there is something to lose at home.
P.s. What if their athletes are the Chekists? Yes, no, some nonsense, I'll go eat.
At least because all of them in the north have relatives, close ones, some have children. And if you run away, then they will all, to put it mildly, extremely bad. Well, someone, maybe a "real patriot" and Kim and the barracks already quite sincerely.
What preparatory activities are in progress?