NORTH KOREA Wants to Become a Basketball Powerhouse

NORTH KOREA Wants to Become a Basketball Powerhouse

North Korea Wants to Become a Basketball Powerhouse
Photo: NPR

North Korea in 2018 declared basketball as a critical part of the country’s development. It encouraged its citizens to turn the nation into a “global powerhouse” in the game.

Basketball happened to be the favorite sport of its leader Kim Jong-Un.

However, North Korea’s national sport is “Ssireum” or traditional Korean wrestling.  It is a physical game wherein two opponents try to push each other to the ground using a “satpa,” a strap connecting the waist and leg.

The State’s Leader developed his passion for the game when he was studying at an elite private school in Switzerland. Later on, he became friends with Dennis Rodman, a former NBA star.

North Korea Wants to Become a Basketball Powerhouse
Photo: Telegraph UK

Mr. Rodman visited Pyongyang five times already. In January 2014, he participated in the birthday celebration of the state head and serenaded him in a basketball court during a match.

Meanwhile, in October 2018, China and North Korea had their friendly matches in Pyongyang’s Ryugyong Indoor Stadium, which was packed by the local residents and senior members of both governments.

News media outlet Telegraph recounted Mr. Kim saying basketball as “an important policy of our party” and encouraged members to enthusiastically take part in sports every day.

In a report, South Korea said the North is facing “a significant handicap” among its players due to their limited diet, which also goes to the rest of the North Korea’s residents.

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