Date : 01 May 2018
Pyongyang, DPR Korea, May 1, 2018: The Olympic Council of Asia’s Asian Games Fun Run came to Pyongyang, DPR Korea, for the first time on Tuesday, May 1. Around 200 runners from national sport federations, athletes and overseas embassies took part in the event, which marked the debut of DPR Korea Olympic Committee on the Fun Run programme since its inception in 2006.
The runners included Olympic weightlifting champions Om Yun Chol (men’s -56kg, London 2012) and Rim Jong Sim (women’s -69kg, London 2012 and -75kg, Rio 2016) and athletes from a variety of sports, including gymnastics, swimming and table tennis.
With the participation of the Indonesian Ambassador to DPRK, Mr Bambang Heindrasto, along with 30 staff and family, as well as representatives from the Mongolian and Russian embassies, there was an international celebration of sport and the Olympic spirit on this national holiday.
“Today, amidst huge attention of many people, including the local community, we held a successful 18th Asian Games Official Fun Run,” said the Vice President of the DPRK Olympic Committee, Mr Won Kil U.
“On behalf of the DPR Korea Olympic Committee I would like to thank the Olympic Council of Asia and all the people concerned for their assistance in the success of this Fun Run.” Mr Won said that, although the distance was not long, the Fun Run had strengthened friendship and “clearly showed a part of our people’s lives – leading a life helping and assisting others”.
He added: “Through this Fun Run, many people were able to become aware of the 18th Asian Games. It helped raise the social awareness of these Games and encouraged the athletes and coaches. “It also demonstrated clearly our steadfast will for making our country a world leading sports power in the near future under the wise leadership of the respected Supreme Leader, Comrade Kim Jong Un.”
Representing the OCA, Media Manager Zhou Jian said it was an honour and a privilege for the OCA to be visiting Pyongyang – one of 33 stops on the Fun Run series in the build-up to the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from August 18 to September 2.
“We would like to thank the DPRK Olympic Committee and the Government Sports Ministry for all their assistance, cooperation and excellent preparations in organising this Fun Run,” he said. “Above all, we would like to pay our humble respects and gratitude to the Supreme Leader, His Excellency Mr Kim Jong Un, for inviting us to Pyongyang and celebrating the Asian Games Fun Run with you all.
“The OCA wishes all athletes from DPR Korea the best of success at the 18th Asian Games, and hope you come home with many gold, silver and bronze medals.” The event started with an Opening Ceremony outside the Weightlifting Hall at 9.30am and official T-shirt handover before the runners followed a 5km route along Chongchun Street in the Sports Village, passing several of the gymnasiums and sports centres which accommodate the national athletes.
The OCA and DPRK NOC presented medals and certificates to the participants, after which the Closing Ceremony took place followed by a photo shoot with the attractive Fun Run backdrop highlighting the three-way cooperation between OCA, DPRK NOC and Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee INASGOC.
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