July 22, 2024
KCNA Pyongyang Times

Ceremony of lighting flame for int'l martial arts games held in Pyongyang

Date: 19/06/2024 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

A ceremony of lighting the flame for the Ninth International Martial Arts Games took place in Pyongyang on June 17.

The flame, lighted at the martial arts torch tower located at Sports Village on Chongchun Street in Pyongyang, will be brought to the flame holder in the venue of the opening ceremony of the Ninth International Martial Arts Games to be held in Tashkent of Uzbekistan in November this year.

Present at the flame-lighting ceremony were Kim Myong Hun, vice-premier of the DPRK Cabinet, Kim Myong Gun, chairman of the Korean Taekwon-Do Committee, Taekwon-Do instructors and players and working people in Pyongyang.

Also attending it were executive members of the International Martial Art Games Committee and the International Taekwon-Do Federation, martial arts delegates from different countries and members of the diplomatic corps in the DPRK.

Ri Yong Son, chairman of the International Martial Art Games Committee who is also president of the ITF, made a speech at the ceremony.

The torch to the games was lighted and handed over to Laziz Khasanov, chairman of the Uzbekistan Taekwon-Do Association who is chairman of the organizing committee of the Ninth International Martial Arts Games.

Speeches were made by Laziz Khasanov and Viacheslav Timofeev, executive member of the International Martial Art Games Committee and also president of the World Karate Confederation.

Then there were an art performance by art group members of the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace and a demonstration by Taekwon-Do, wushu and karate players.

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