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People’s Athlete Pak Man Il

Date: 28/10/2023 | Source: Sports DPRK (En) | Read original version at source

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

At that time, during a visit to the palace, President Kim Il Sungsaw a table-tennis match betweenPak and another member of the group. Then he made up his mind to grow into an excellent table-tennis player togive 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 inJuche 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 addglory to the country in different international competitions including the 14th Asian Games and ITTF worldtable-tennis championships and helped her take the secondplace 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 andtrust shown by the Workers’ Party of Korea and after becoming the table-tennis head coach of the sports club, he devoted all his wisdom andenthusiasm 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 thetop team, holding the championship in the 13th People’s Games and other domestic games in the femaletable-tennis event. Kim Song I, a woman table-tennis player who trained at the sports club, achieved good results in differentinternational competitions including the 17th Asian Games, 22nd Asian table-tennischampionships, 53rd ITTF world table-tennischampionships and 31st Olympic Games.

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

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

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