(London Telegraph) North Korean state media have declared basketball to be a critical part of the reclusive state’s ideology and called on workers, soldiers and to turn the nation into a global powerhouse in the game
By coincidence, basketball is Kim Jong-un’s favourite sport.
North Korea’s national sport is “ssirum”, a traditional form of wrestling, while Koreans in both the North and South consider the martial art taekwondo to be an important part of their sporting culture.
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Mr Kim, however, developed an interest in basketball during his formative years at an elite private school in Switzerland and he has developed an unlikely friendship with Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star, since coming to power after the death of his father in 2011.