Pyongyang, December 20 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), watched the “Masik Pass Ski Contest-2016”.
The contest brought together the Maebongsan Team of the KPA, the Sajabong Team of Ryanggang Province, the Jangjasan Team of Jagang Province, the Kwanmobong Team of North Hamgyong Province and the Songchongang Team of South Hamgyong Province.
They competed in slalom, ski jump, giant slalom and downhill.
After being told about the contest plan and the preparedness of the skiers by Kim Il Guk, minister of Physical Culture and Sports, supreme leader Kim Jong Un watched the competition.
The slalom took place.
Skiers of every team displayed fine movements, skillfully sliding down along the course.
Kim Jong Un said that the Ski Association was founded in Korea in January, 1949 under the guidance of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and acceded to the International Ski Federation in 1965, underlining the need to bring the ski event to the world level at an early date in order to prove successful in international games.
The long slalom took place amid the hot competition of skiers.
There began downhill, the climax of the skiing events.
Watching it, Kim Jong Un said that the skiing of brave players was impressive.
He said judging from the skiers’ performance, he was confident that the country can surely produce world-level ski stars in the future if great efforts are channeled into improving skiing events helpful to cultivating prowess, courage and agility and comprehensively developing people’s physical strength and skiing is developed on a mass scale and made an inseparable part of their daily life.
He set forth tasks to serve as guidelines for rapidly developing the nation’s sports, saying that sports play a role which nothing can substitute in demonstrating the country’s prestige and instilling national pride and honor into the people.
There was a prize-awarding ceremony at the end of the successful contest at which men and women skiers fully displayed their skills and indomitable will they cultivated in their day-to-day training.
Choe Ryong Hae, chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission, conferred a trophy cup and gold medals on the players of the Maebongsan Team of the KPA, who took the first place in the contest, silvers on the players of the Sajabong Team in Ryanggang Province and bronzes to the players of the Jangjasan Team in Jagang Province.
Among the spectators were Hwang Pyong So, Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Su Yong, O Su Yong, Ri Yong Gil, Ri Il Hwan, Kim Yong Su, Jo Yong Won, Han Kwang Sang, Pak Jong Chon, Ma Won Chun and the chairmen of the provincial party committees and people of all social strata.
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