So Kwang Nam was in the spotlight for his skills in the table tennis event of the 2022 sports contest of persons with the disabilities and amateurs. When the people gave flowers to him, there was a woman who was seeing the scene in tears. She was Ri Myong Hui, mother of So Kwang Nam, resident in Tongdaewon District, Pyongyang.
1n 2001 when he was two years old, he lost a leg in an accident. His mother felt her heart breaking whenever she saw her son.
What could he do in the future?
But her concern proved unnecessary.
The state made sure that her son was registered at a professional medical unit and taken good care of and provided with several tonics on a regular basis.
When he reached the age for schooling, he was enrolled at primary and middle schools like his peers thanks to the free compulsory education system. But whenever he saw his friends playing to their heart’s content, he would feel sad.
Since he took to table tennis, he always carried a bat in his bag and practised the table tennis skills when he was alone. Seeing him, his mother shed tears.
One day, several members of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled visited his home. They said to his mother that they had come upon hearing that her son liked playing table tennis and that the state provided all conditions and environment for the disabled people to realize their dreams according to their talents and aptitude. Then they said that he could become a table tennis player.
So he became a player at the KSAD. Experts helped him with all sincerity. He was lacking in ability to focus, but coach Ma Yu Chol and other experts did their best to train him into a good player. Whenever he fell down unable to withstand hard training, the coach and officials of the association encouraged him to overcome physical fatigue with unyielding mental strength.
In the course of this, his skills improved rapidly.
Later, he participated in the sports contest of persons with the disabilities and amateurs every year and entered the rankings. Whenever he demonstrated splendid techniques the viewers applauded enthusiastically, moved by his courage with which he had overcome his physical disability.
“They say it takes a mother countless trouble to raise a child. But it is our socialist system that brought him up as we see him today,” said his mother, shedding tears of gratitude.
So is now training hard with the dream to flutter the national flag in international matches.