North Korean athletes have won a total of 47 medals, two of which were won at the Winter Games.
The National Olympic Committee for North Korea is the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and was created in 1953 and recognized in 1957.
North Korea participated in the Paralympic Games for the first time in 2012. Persons with disabilities in North Korea (with the exception of veterans) were reported in 2006 by The Daily Telegraph to be locked away in camps, and "subjected to harsh and sub-human conditions", although the United Nations reports that the government is "beginning to consider welfare for the disabled". However the charity Handicap International reports that it has been operating in North Korea since 1999, assisting the Korean Federation for the Protection of Disabled People.Yahoo news reported in 2012 that a paralympic cultural centre exists in the capital Pyongyang.