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Coach trains many boxing aces

People’s Athlete Ri Kwi Jung trained many boxing players of the national team, including People’s Athletes Ri Jong Hyang, Yun Kum Ju and Kim Kwang Ok and Merited Athletes Choe Un Sun and Kim Kum Son, and coached the women boxers to successes in different international events to bring honour to Juche Korea.

Ri Kwi Jung began to learn boxing at the then sports club in Hoesang district and enrolled at Korea University of Physical Education to cultivate his talent.

Later, he worked as a coach at the then South Hamgyong provincial sports club and the sports club of the Hamhung Railway Bureau and became a women’s boxing coach from the mid-1990s.

At that time, he selected such talented players as Ri Jong Hyang, Yun Kum Ju and Kim Kwang Ok who made a name for themselves in the Asian and world women’s boxing later.

He made a great contribution to Ri Jong Hyang’s earning the first gold medal in the 48kg category of the First Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and Yun Kum Ju’s and Kim Kwang Ok’s winning the titles in the 57kg and 52kg divisions respectively at the Second Asian Women’s Boxing Championships.

He redoubled efforts to lead Ri Jong Hyang and Yun Kum Ju to become a three-time Asian champion and a two-time world champion respectively so that they could return the love and trust of the country with notable success at international events.

Under his coaching Kim Kum Son could win the First Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and finish runner-up at the Second World Women’s Boxing Championships, to be awarded the title of Merited Athlete.

In those years, Ri Kwi Jung was awarded a wrist watch bearing the name of President Kim Il Sung and the titles of Merited Athlete and People’s Athlete. He was also honoured to participate in the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea and have a photo taken with Chairman Kim Jong Il.

He was a meritorious coach who devoted his whole life to developing boxing techniques.

Though he passed away, he lives in history of the country and the minds of its people and the players he trained for his achievements associated with the development of the boxing techniques of the country and his devotion to training the players.

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2024.2.20.
Admirable career as footballer


Labour Hero and People’s Athlete Jong Pok Sim was born into an ordinary family in Pyongyang and cultivated her extraordinary skills as footballer at the then Taesong District Juvenile Sports School.

She was tall and good in physical preparedness in her childhood and thus she soon distinguished herself in national competitions. She played a leading role in several international competitions as a member of the national junior women’s football team at the age of 15 and of the National Women's Football Team at the age of 17.

She made her international debut at the first Asian junior women’s football championships held in Juche 91 (2002). 

She enriched her competing experience at the championships and scored ten goals at the second championships in Juche 93 (2004), winning a top scorer trophy.

The Third World Junior Women’s Football Championships held in September Juche 95 (2006) was an unforgettable one for her.

She displayed high collective spirit and physical, technical and tactical abilities she had acquired in ordinary days, thus greatly helping her team win the competition.

After receiving a wristwatch bearing the august name of President Kim Il Sung and the titles of Labour Hero and People’s Athlete thanks to the warm love and benevolence of the motherly Workers’ Party of Korea, she redoubled her efforts in training and matches with the determination to repay the favour.

At the 15th Asian Games held in November Juche 95 (2006), she also contributed to consolidating the position of the DPRK women’s football team as Asian champion and clearly showing off the advancement of Korean women’s soccer towards the world.

Afterwards, she helped the team win at the then Fourth Military World Games held in Juche 96 (2007) and exalt the honour of Juche Korea in other international games by fully displaying the strong spiritual strength of Korean women footballers.

She participated in the Seventh National Conference of Sportspersons and the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army to have the honour of posing for a photo with the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un.

With a burning desire to return the love and benevolence of the motherland which brought her up and put her forward, she is now dedicating her patriotic zeal and wisdom to the training of reserve players.

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2024.1.26.
Kim Chol Hwan, Labour Hero and People’s Athlete

Kim Chol Hwan, a wrestler who grew up under the care of the Workers’ Party of Korea, was a famous sportsman who became the first twice world wrestling champion of the DPRK by winning the first place in the 48kg category events of the 22nd and 23rd World Freestyle Wrestling Championships.

The country highly appreciated his successes and feats in the international arena and put him forward as the first Labour Hero of the sports circle of the DPRK together with the world table-tennis queen Pak Yong Sun.

Kim started wrestling at Songyo District Extracurricular Juvenile Sports School in his teens and took the first place in the 36kg freestyle wrestling event of the Asian juvenile wrestling championship held in Iraq in October Juche 66(1977).

Later, he took the first place at international games held in August Juche 70(1981) and March the following year, fully demonstrating his physical and technical abilities.

Though he had some failures and frustrations in his playing career, Kim braced himself up with confidence in victory and high ambition and lifted the trophy at the 22nd World Freestyle Wrestling Championships. Thus, he became the first world wrestling champion in the country.

He won the 48kg category title at the 23rd World Freestyle Wrestling Championships again and brought great pleasure to the country.

In Juche 74(1985), he was awarded the title of Labour Hero, the highest honour for DPRK citizens.

Kim Chol Hwan, who lived a life of loyalty and patriotism, was buried in the Patriotic Martyrs Cemetery.

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2023.12.27.
Yang Kyong Il, two-time world wrestling champion

People’s Athlete Yang Kyong Il, two-time world wrestling champion, began to learn wrestling at the then Sosong District Juvenile Sports School.

After four years, he won the national games of juvenile sports schools. And he trained harder to become a wrestling ace who would bring honour to the country with gold medals at international events.

Under the warm care of the Workers’ Party of Korea, he was selected by a professional sports club and improved his technical skills to his heart’s content there to realize his dream and ambition.

He won the international event for the first time in Juche 93(2004) to become a wrestling ace. He also took the first place in the 55kg freestyle wrestling event of the sports games held in Juche 96(2007) and held championship at different national competitions thereafter.

He was awarded the title of People’s Athlete after winning the 55kg freestyle wrestling events of the WWF World Wrestling Championships in Juche 98(2009) and the Asian wrestling championships in Juche 100(2011).

He snatched another gold medal at the 57kg freestyle wrestling event of the WWF World Wrestling Championships in Juche 103(2014), fully demonstrating the dignity and spirit of Juche Korea to the whole world. 

He was honoured to participate in the splendid banquet which took place in the presence of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un on October 18 Juche 103(2014). Later, he took part in the Seventh National Conference of Sportspersons and the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the WPK and the 73rd anniversary of the DPRK and had photos taken with Kim Jong Un.

Now, he works hard to contribute to the development of the country’s wrestling with a determination to return the favour shown by the Party to him. 

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2023.11.19.
People’s Athlete Pak Man Il

Born into an ordinary office worker’s family in Pyongyang, Pak Man Il was very fond of sports in his primary school days. When he was 11, he joined the table-tennis group of the Pyongyang Students and Children’s Palace to develop his talent.

At that time, during a visit to the palace, President Kim Il Sung saw a table-tennis match between Pak and another member of the group. Then he made up his mind to grow into an excellent table-tennis player to give pleasure to the President.

After distinguishing himself in juvenile competitions at home, he began to act as a table-tennis player of the Amnokgang Sports Club. He got 28 medals, including five golds and eight silvers, in different national games including the national championships held in Juche 70(1981).

It was in Juche 79(1990) that Pak began to work as a table-tennis coach of the sports club. He has since devoted his all to training talented table-tennis players glorifying the country for over 30 years.

He led table-tennis player Kim Hyang Mi to add glory to the country in different international competitions including the 14th Asian Games and ITTF world table-tennis championships and helped her take the second place in the women’s table-tennis singles of the 28th Olympic Games.

In those days, he was awarded the title of People’s Athlete thanks to the care and trust shown by the Workers’ Party of Korea and after becoming the table-tennis head coach of the sports club, he devoted all his wisdom and enthusiasm to training more excellent players for the national team as soon as possible.

From Juche 103(2014) the women’s table-tennis team of the sports club got a status as the top team, holding the championship in the 13th People’s Games and other domestic games in the female table-tennis event. Kim Song I, a woman table-tennis player who trained at the sports club, achieved good results in different international competitions including the 17th Asian Games, 22nd Asian table-tennis championships, 53rd ITTF world table-tennis championships and 31st Olympic Games.

Thus, Pak was awarded a citation of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un and had the honour of attending the Seventh National Conference of Sportspersons.

He is still invariably taking the lead in training table-tennis players.

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2023.10.28.
People’s Athlete Kim Hyang Mi

Kim Hyang Mi who was born into an ordinary army officer's family in Hamhung started table tennis at Songnam Primary School in Songchongang District and became a table tennis player of the Amnokgang Sports Club in Juche 78(1989).

She won the women's singles and doubles in the table-tennis event of the DPRK Championships held in Juche 84(1995) to secure her position as a national table-tennis champion.

She fully demonstrated her ability at the 14th Asian Games.

When the score of the DPRK and Japanese teams stood at 2-2 in the semi-finals, Kim Hyang Mi played the match as the last fifth player of her team with a high sense of responsibility to smartly defeat the Japanese opponent, thus making a decisive contribution to her team’s advance to the final.

And in the final with the Chinese team, she beat the world’s top-ranked player 3-0 to greatly contribute to the victory of the DPRK women’s team.

In the table-tennis team event of the Asian Games, she was recorded as a player who won all matches without defeat.

After being awarded the title of People's Athlete under the loving care of the Workers’ Party of Korea, she came second in the women's singles of the table tennis event in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

She took part in four rounds of the women's team event of the World Table Tennis Championships during her playing career and rendered distinguished services to her team's successive advance to the finals.

Since university graduation, she has worked as a table-tennis coach of the Amnokgang Sports Club. She coached Kim Song I to win the women's singles of the Swedish Table Tennis Open in Juche 102(2013) and trained young players to help them succeed in juvenile international games.

She had the honour of having a photo taken with the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un at the Seventh National Conference of Sportspersons and is now working hard for the development of the table-tennis technique of the country.

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2023.10.2.
Competent wrestling coach


People’s Athlete Kim Kuk Song is the coach who trained the first world women's wrestling champion of the DPRK.

He is the eldest son of Kim Chol Hwan, the first sports hero and world wrestling champion of the country.

During his playing career at the Pyongyang Sports Club, Kim Kuk Song entered rankings in different national competitions. After graduation from Korea University of Physical Education he became a wrestling coach of the sports club.

As he coached Pak Yong Mi, he devoted his wisdom and passion to bringing her dream into reality, valuing her strong attachment to wrestling.

Under his guidance, Pak won the women's wrestling event of the 18th Asian Games to become a three-time Asian champion and beat a two-time world title holder of Japan in the women's 53kg final of the 2019 WWF World Wrestling Championships.

Kim Kuk Song now works as a coach of the April 25 Combat Sports Team.

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2023.9.12.