September 12, 2014 10:33
North Korea aims for a place among the top 10 nations in terms of medal wins in the Asian Games that start next week.
The last time the North was in the top 10 was at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.
North Korea ranked fourth in the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982 and in 1990 in Beijing, behind South Korea, China and Japan. But it ranked eighth in Bangkok in 1998, ninth in Busan, 16th in Doha and 12th in 2010.
The North's best chances of a gold medal are in weightlifting. To give its weightlifters some taste of an international competition, North Korea hosted the Asian Cup and Interclub Weightlifting Championship in September last year.
South Korean weightlifting officials believe the North can win up to six gold medals.
The North Korean women's football team is also among the best in the world. They have always won medals in the Asian Games, including a bronze in 1990, silver in 1998 and golds in 2002 and 2006. They had to settle for silver in Guangzhou in 2010.
North Korea's first event in the Asian Games takes place on Sunday, when the men's football squad faces off with China.
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