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Wrestling Matches Held Between DPRK, Japanese Teams

An overview of a wrestling competition between the DPRK University of Physical Education and the Nippon Sport Science University at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on 15 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 15 November (Thursday) that wrestling matches between the DPRK University of Physical Education and the Nippon Sport Science University here held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium.  Attending the matches were Pak Kun Gwang, Chairman of the DPRK-Japan Friendship Association and Deputy (vice) Director of the Korean Workers’ Party International Affairs Department, Son Kwang Ho, Vice Minister of Physical Culture and Sports, Sim Tong Gyu, Rector of the DPRK University of Physical Education, Kanji Inoki head of the Inoki Genome Federation (a.k.a Inoki Genome Joint Company) and members of his delegation, Kenshiro Matsunami of Nippon Sport Science University and members of that delegation, along with “officials concerned, wrestling experts and fans, Pyongyangites and students.”

Nippon Sport Science University delegation head Kenshiro Matsunami (R), Pak Kun Gwang (2nd R) and Kanji Inoki (3rd R) applaud while watching DPRK-Japan wrestling matches at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on 15 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Spectators at a wrestling competition between the DPRK University of Physical Education and the Nippon Sport Science University in Pyongyang on 15 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

According to KCNA, “wrestlers of the two universities displayed stubborn will and admirable energy, demonstrating high skills they acquired in day-to-day trainings” and “matches served as a momentum of contributing to the exchange and development of the techniques of physical culture between the two universities.”

KCNA also interviewed coaches and players from Nippon Sport Science University who participated in a soccer (football) match at Kim Il Sung Stadium on 14 November (Wednesday).  Masakazu Suzuki, head of the Nippon team said “I think the match proceeded in a good way. Our team competed with the team of Korea University of Physical Education for the first time, so we had a poor grip of it.  We are grateful to Pyongyang citizens and students for their cheering. This is the first time our team have a match in such a big stadium amid the cheering of many spectators. It was a good experience.  I think the two universities can enrich their good experience through such exchanges in the future.”  KCNA reported that Nippon player Junpei Arai  “said that the stadium is fine and spectators’ cheering was enthusiastic, adding that he had never had such admirable match in his country.”  Nippon student Masaki Tanaka said “he was very happy to see many spectators enjoy the match with joy.”

Images of the wrestling competition

(Photo: KCNA)

(Photo: KCNA)

(Photo: KCNA)

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