July 05, 2018 12:57
Thousands of North Korean fans crowded the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium in Pyongyang on Wednesday for friendly basketball games between mixed teams of South and North Korean players.
It was the first such friendly in since 2003, when the gymnasium was dedicated with the help of the Hyundai Group and named after its founder.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a big basketball fan, did not attend the match and is likely to miss the one on Thursday as well.
Kim "is currently giving on-the-spot guidance, so he won't be able to attend Thursday's match," said his right-hand man Kim Yong-chol in a brief meeting with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon there. "He asked me to go instead."
Each mixed team had six players from both sides. The South Korean manager and coach took control of one team and the North Korean ones of the other.
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