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Mr Ko (second from right) outside the Sosan Hotel on Sunday morning.

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DPR Korea NOC gears up for Fun Run, Asian Games

Date : 29 Apr 2018

Pyongyang, DPR Korea, April 29, 2018: The Secretary General of the DPR Korea Olympic Committee, Mr Ko Chol Ho, made a courtesy call to the Olympic Council of Asia delegation in Pyongyang on Sunday morning. Mr Ko, accompanied by NOC representatives Mr Ri Un Chol and Mr O Kwang Hyok, officially greeted the OCA delegation at the Sosan Hotel on the outskirts of Pyongyang - the location for several sports training centres in serene, woodland area.

The two parties finalised preparations for the 18th Asian Games Fun Run to take place on May 1. The official press conference will be held on Monday, followed by a tour of the Fun Run route on Chongchun Street. Mr Ko said the Fun Run was all part of the NOC’s preparations and promotion of the 18th Asian Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

“The 18th Asian Games is a very good opportunity for our team to experience sports technique and exchange with other Asian people through the Asian Games,” he said.

“We are giving more importance to these Games, and part of the preparation we are having from the OCA is to organise the Fun Run in Pyongyang. It is a very good opportunity for us to host the Fun Run. It will be the first time we have hosted the Asian Games Fun Run and we have received many help from the OCA. We will try our best to organise it successfully and efficiently.”

DPR Korea will be the 15th of 33 stops on the Asian Games Fun Run series as the NOCs work closely with the OCA to promote not only the Asian Games and the Olympic Movement but also a healthy and active lifestyle among the young generation.

The 5km Fun Run on May 1 – a national holiday in DPR Korea – will involve between 150 and 200 participants, including Olympic champions, national athletes, sports federations and members of the public.

There will also be a strong presence from the diplomatic missions in Pyongyang, with the Indonesian Ambassador joined by 14 staff and also attendance of senior staff from the Russian and Mongolian embassies.

“We are enjoying a national holiday on May Day so many foreign representatives will be coming to the Fun Run. We are also expecting a lot of local media and media with foreign representatives,” said Mr Ko. “It is going to be a very significant event for the OCA and NOC so we are very pleased to be hosting a Fun Run. Everybody in the NOC knows that the OCA people have come here and we are looking forward to the OCA delivering a speech to our people.”

On behalf of the OCA, Media Manager Mr Zhou Jian said the OCA was very honoured to be visiting Pyongyang and conducting a Fun Run for the first time in the capital of DPR Korea. He said the Fun Run was proving popular throughout the continent, with participants receiving special Fun Run souvenir T-shirts produced by the host NOC, medals and certificates.

Secretary General Ko offered his greetings and best wishes to the OCA President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, and the Director General, Mr Husain Al Musallam, and recalled fondly the visit of the OCA President to Pyongyang in November 2011 to donate a bus to the NOC. The bus was being used on Sunday by the visiting women’s handball team from Russia, as DPR Korea continues its sports exchanges with other countries.

Regarding the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia this summer, Mr Ko added: “We are preparing to send a huge delegation. We have submitted the names of over 300 athletes, coaches and team officials at the initial stage, and the final delegation will be between 250 and 300.

“We will be competing in around 19 or 20 sports. We have been preparing for this for four years and we know the competition is not easy. We are expecting to win more gold medals than the 11 gold medals we won at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014. We are aiming for 15 to 20 gold medals in sports such as shooting, gymnastics, weightlifting, football, wrestling and judo.”

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