Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea hosted the Asian Junior and Senior Cup & Interclub Weightlifting Championships.
This major Event organized under the supervision of the IWF and AWF welcome a South Korean delegation which included 22 athletes as well as coaches and Weightlifting Federation Officials.
Seoul says it’s the first time its athletes have attended an international sports event in DPR Korea.
This important diplomatic move shows the unifying power of sports and the role of Weightlifting in opening borders, easing tensions, bringing together nations and athletes despite political differences.
The Organazing Committee displayed high level organization and nearly five thousand spectators attended the competitions every day.
In the 56 kg bodyweight category, OM Yun Chol (PRK) Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games set a World Record in the Clean and Jerk lifting 169 kg.
A milestone was reached as a South Korean weightlifter has heard his national anthem played after winning gold in North Korea for the first time in the history of the two countries.
The supreme leader Kim Jong Un watched the Women’s 63 kg and 69 kg competitions and saw the DPR Korean and South Korean flags rise together at the Victory Ceremony.
He was very pleased to see weightlifters from different countries competing in Pyongyang with sports enthusiasm sweeping across the DPR Korea and public interest in sports steadily increasing in the country.
Also at the Asian Junior and Senior Cup & Interclub Weightlifting Championships, IWF experts conducted an Anti-Doping and Event Management Seminar for 90 people representing the DPR Korea Sports Community.
Congratulations the Organizing Committee and the city of Pyongyang for the organization of this successful event!