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DPRK targets archery for the future

20 Mar 2013
Pyongyang, DPR Korea: Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, though busy with his ceaseless inspection of military frontline units, recently watched an archery match between the April 25 Defense Sports Team and the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team and had a picture taken with players, the Korean Central News Agency reported on March 19.

From ancient times, archery has been regarded in Korea as a symbol of resourcefulness and bravery. Archery has been one of the sporting events in the DPRK since the 1960s, with national team members proving successful in international tournaments.

Ri Chol Hyon, senior coach of the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team, told KCNA: “It is my plan to develop the nation's archery technique to a higher level than that in the 1970s-1980s. I am sure that it is one of the feasible events for the DPRK. The team has made a big effort in putting archery training on a scientific basis.”

Inspired by Kim Jong Un's call for winning the archery world championship, coaches and players are now intensifying their training in high spirits.

Kang Hui Ryon, 19, said: “I was honoured to have a picture taken with Marshal Kim Jong Un. I will play up to his expectations with good results in international games.”

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