Return to the International Stage after 5 Years
According to data released on the 13th by MyInfo, the official information site of the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee, North Korea registered a total of 191 athletes, including 112 women and 79 men, in 18 sports.
The size of the squad may change slightly through the process of replacing injured players.
The participating sports are archery (3 men, 3 women), artistic gymnastics (3 men, 5 women), artistic swimming (10 women), track and field (6 men, 2 women), basketball (12 women), and boxing (4 men, 5 women). 5), canoe dragon boat (male 14, female 14), soccer (male 22, female 22), judo (male 3, female 4), karate (male 1), shooting (male 6, female 3), tennis (male) 2, female 2), swimming (2 female), table tennis (3 male, 5 female), trampoline (1 male), volleyball (12 female), weightlifting (7 male, 7 female), wrestling (4 male, 4 female) am. 고스톱사이트
The size of the North Korean team increased by 23 compared to the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games (168 players).
This is an increase of 41 people compared to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games (150 people).
The North Korean national team included many players who formed a single team with South Korean players at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
North Korea’s dragon boat team Kim Soo-hyang, Heo Soo-jung and Jeong Ye-sung are reunited with South Korea’s canoe team team Byun Eun-jung and Kim Hyeon-hee after five years.
They made a big impression five years ago when they jointly won gold in the women’s 500m and bronze in the women’s 200m under the Korean Peninsula flag
but in this competition, they meet as enemies and engage in friendly competition.
North Korea’s Kim Jin-il, who served as coxswain of the unified team when it won the bronze medal in the men’s dragon boat 1,000m, will also compete again.
A familiar face is also visible on the North Korean women’s basketball team.
North Korean national team aces Ro Suk-young and Kim Hye-yeon jointly won a silver medal as part of a unified North and South Korean team five years ago.
At that time, the unified team had a close match with China in the finals, led by South Korea’s key player Park Ji-soo (KB) and North Korea’s key player Ro Suk-young, but unfortunately lost 65-71.
Park Ji-su and Ro Sook-young, who took great care of each other five years ago
meet as players on opposing teams in this tournament.
North Korea aims to win medals in key sports such as weightlifting, wrestling, boxing, and shooting.
All key players have registered for weightlifting, a highly anticipated event.
Jakarta-Palembang Games gold medalists Lee Seong-geum in the women’s 49kg class, Kim Il-kyung in the women’s 59kg class, Seong Guk-hyang in the women’s 76kg class, and Ro Kwang-ryeol in the men’s 89kg class are considered medal candidates.
The four players are receiving great expectations, having been selected as one of the top 10 players announced by North Korea in February of this year.
In wrestling, Kim Seon-hyang, bronze medalist in the women’s freestyle 50 kg class at the Jakarta-Palembang Games, and Jeong In-soon, who competes in the women’s 57 kg class, stand out.
Women’s boxer Bang Cheol-mi and shooter Kwon Gwang-il, a regular at international competitions, are also considered medal candidates.
North Korea ranked 10th overall in the last competition with 12 gold medals, 12 silver medals, and 13 bronze medals, and is looking to go even higher in this competition.
This competition is attracting even more attention as it is North Korea’s return to international sports competitions.
North Korea has closed its borders and boycotted various sporting events since 2020
when the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) spread.
He was suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for unilaterally failing to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in 2021
but the punishment has now been lifted and there is no problem participating in the Hangzhou Games.
North Korea had already completed its application for participation
using this tournament held in its friendly country, China, as a stage for its return.