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North Korea set to host first global sporting event in 40 years

North Korea set to host first global sporting event in 40 years

Isolated state seeks to become an international sporting powerhouse.

It's baffled the world with some of its political and human rights policies but that isn't deterring the secretive state of North Korea - and its "glorious leader" Kim Jong-Un - from attempting to make itself a sporting powerhouse.

Often on the receiving end of justified international anger - and, at times, humour - check out Team America (it's hilarious!) - it seems the dictatorship wants to get a slice of sporting pie.  
Inside the Games has reported that North Korean capital Pyongyang is the favoured location for 2017's junior world judo championships and the world weightlifting juniors in 2018.

According to the report, a senior member of North Korea’s sport ministry has spoken confidently about the nation's chances of landing the events.

“It is definite, the Junior World Championship of judo will be in our country in 2017,” the spokesperson said.

“We will also have the weightlifting Asian Championship in 2017, and we want the Junior World Championships of weightlifting in 2018.”

The reports follow the Korean Central News Agency’s (KCNA) confirmation that the secretary of the International Judo Federation, Marius Vizer, had paid a visit to Pyongyang.

The last major sporting event to take place on North Korean soil was the 1979 world table tennis championships, an event that neighbours South Korea were forbidden from entering. 



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