North Korea’s return to international competition after five years, official induction ceremony on 22nd

With the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games just two days away, North Korea, which is making its return to international sports after a five-year hiatus, will finally make its first official appearance.

The Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee announced to MyInfo, a news and information site, that North Korea will hold an official induction ceremony at the athletes’ village at 10 a.m. KST on Feb. 22.

North Korea will participate in the ceremony along with Brunei, Cambodia, Palestine, Taiwan and Thailand.

North Korea was punished by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for unilaterally boycotting the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2021, saying it wanted to prevent the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from entering the country.

It is a violation of the Olympic Charter to boycott the Games except for force majeure reasons such as war.

The IOC suspended North Korea’s status as a National Olympic Committee (NOC) until the end of 2022, banning it from competing in international competitions.

The suspension was automatically lifted at the dawn of the new year in 2023, marking North Korea’s return to the international stage after a five-year absence following the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

North Korea sent 185 athletes to the Hangzhou Asian Games in 18 sports.

The North Korean athletes did not travel as a group, but instead scattered in small groups and entered Hangzhou after crossing the Chinese border.

North Korean officials seemed unperturbed by the attention, smiling slightly when a Yonhap reporter greeted them with a “hello” at the athletes’ village on Nov. 21 and asking, “What are you taking so many (photos) for, what are you going to use them for?”

A delegation from the North Korean Olympic Committee, headed by Sports Minister Kim Il Sung, is scheduled to depart Pyongyang on Sept. 19 to participate in the Asian Games, marking another step in the revival of sports diplomacy. 파워볼사이트

Ha Chang-rae on ‘Heavenly Header’: “I remembered the last tie, and I’m proud of the result”

“The memory of the last equalizer flashed through my mind, and I’m proud of the result”.

FC Seoul and Pohang Steelers played to a 2-2 draw in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday.

With the draw, second-placed Pohang (45 points) and third-placed Seoul (38 points) remained level on points with one point each.

Ha Chang-rae, who scored the equalizer in second-half stoppage time, said after the game, “We prepared really hard during the break. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t play the way the coach wanted us to,” said Ha. “However, even though we didn’t win against Seoul, we are getting better and better. We will do our best to give our fans a victory.”

“The coach prepared a lot about set pieces and defense, and I think that’s why we scored the equalizer today,” said Kim, who also scored the equalizer in the last match against Seoul to save Pohang from the brink of defeat. It was the same situation as in the last game, and that thought went through my head and led to the result. I’m really proud.”

Ha Chang-rae added, “It must have been a lot of pressure to bring back a player who was sent off when the current players are in good form. But I’m glad I was able to repay him with a result. It was only possible because the coach gave me a chance. I’m very grateful.” 파워볼사이트