North Korean athletes waved and smiled as they made their first appearance at an international sports event in five years.
The North Korean athletes, who are competing in the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, were the seventh group of athletes to enter the opening ceremony of the Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on Wednesday afternoon.
The North Korean athletes, dressed in blue pants and white jackets, waved with open arms as they crossed the stage set up in the center of the stadium.
Most held small artificial flags in one hand.
The North Korean athletes showed no signs of nervousness and seemed to be enjoying the festive moment.
Women’s boxer Bang Chol-mi and men’s shooter Park Myong-won led the North Korean contingent as flag bearers.
Bang Chol-mi is a boxing hero who was named North Korea’s “10 Best Athletes” in 2018, 2021, and 2022, 바카라사이트 while Park Myong-won won two gold medals at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in the men’s 10-meter running target mixed individual and team events.
It will be the first time in five years that North Korea has competed in an international sporting event since the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.
North Korea was banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from competing in international events until 2022 after it boycotted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021 in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
North Korea sent 185 athletes across 18 sports to the Games.
South Korea made its 16th appearance.
The two Koreas, who made a peaceful joint entrance at the Jakarta-Palembang Games, sending a message of peace to Asia, reverted back to the “South-South” divide at the Games, highlighting the frayed inter-Korean relations.
In women’s basketball and dragon boating, where a single team was formed five years ago, North and South Korea are again facing each other as “rivals.
The two Koreas are also expected to compete for medals in weightlifting, boxing, judo, table tennis, soccer and other sports. 카지노사이트