DPRK eyes 2012 olympics

According to the AFP:

North Korea will compete in at least seven events at this year’s summer Olympics in London including women’s football, the country’s state news agency said on Monday.

The North will also be represented in weightlifting, the marathon, wrestling, table tennis, archery and shooting, it said.

Kang Sung-Hui, a vice department director at the sports ministry, told the agency that qualification for other sports would continue until May and the North could also send contestants in sports such as boxing, judo and diving.

At the Beijing Olympics in 2008 the North won two gold, one silver and three bronze medals to finish in 34th place overall.
The North has competed in eight summer Games and won 41 medals including 10 golds.

Here is the coverage in KCNA:

Pyongyang, January 9 (KCNA) — The DPRK is now qualified to participate in seven events of the 30th Olympic Games.

The DPRK women’s football team proved successful in the Asian regional finals in last September with three wins and two draws in five matches, winning a ticket for the Olympic Games.

Sixteen players (six men and ten women) will compete in weightlifting, marathon, wrestling, table tennis, archery and shooting.

Kang Sung Hui, a vice department director of the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, told KCNA that the selection of players will continue till May this year, adding that more players are likely to be qualified for the Olympic Games in such events as boxing, judo and diving.

The DPRK bagged two gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the 29th Olympic Games in 2008.

Here are previous posts on the DPRK’s last olympics showing:

1. IOC aids DPRK athletes to attend Olympics (2010-3-6)

2. DPRK 2008 Olympics round-up (2008-8-21)

3. China Hongxing sponsors 2008 DPRK Olympic team (2007-7-25)

4. 2 DPRK olympians test positive for doping (2008-8-15)

5. Beijing Olympics make life harder for North Korean merchants (2008-7-26)

Read the full story here:
N. Korea eyes seven events at London Olympics
AFP
2012-1-9

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