July 12, 2020
KCNA Sports DPRK (En)

Due Concern Paid to Encouraging Traditional Games

Date: 30/03/2019 | Source: Sports DPRK (En) | Read original version at source

Chairman Kim Jong Il directed great attention to developing the country’s traditional sporting events, with a view to demonstrating the spirit and resourcefulness of the Korean nation.

In January Juche 91 (2002) he inquired about Ssirum (Korean wrestling) contests that had been held on a regular basis. Noting that they should be arranged in such a way as to preserve the national identity, he had necessary steps taken for improving the style of the traditional sport and increasing its scale.

Accordingly, the Grand Bull Prize National Ssirum Contest has since been held on an annual basis, bringing great delight to the people.

Now, as the Ssirum season comes round, the venues for the matches brim over with national flavour: players competing fiercely amid the tinkle of a golden bell hanging on the bull’s neck; spectators in traditional clothes beating drums and dancing to the beat of janggo (an hour-glass shaped drum) and kkwaenggwari (a kind of gong).

Enjoying the matches, the people reflect on the exploits performed by their leader to sustain the excellent traditions of the nation.

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