Finland’s Minister of Sports Antti Kurvinen was supposed to represent Finland and attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on 4 February but decided to cancel his trip before departure.
YLE writes that the decision to cancel his trip is not part of a diplomatic boycott but due to quarantine risk.
The Minister’s direct flight had been canceled and the replacement flight would have involved a nine-hour layover in an unnamed airport.
“The risk of a Finnish Minister being stuck in quarantine abroad for ten days has risen, and I won’t take it,” Antti Kurvinen said.
“I made the decision myself. This is not a foreign policy decision,” the Minister added.