Controversy over North Korea’s bad manners at the Asian Games

Netizens are criticizing North Korea’s ill-mannered attitude at the ‘2022 Hangzhou Asian Games’. 

North Korea attended an international competition for the first time in five years and appeared at an international multi-sport event

but there were negative reviews that the players’ behavior on the field was frowned upon.

In the round of 16 of the men’s 73 kg judo class, a North-South confrontation took place. Korea’s Kang Heon-cheol (27, Yongin City Hall) and North Korea’s Kim Cheol-gwang (27) are close friends, having formed a single team with Korean players at the 2018 World Championships, so a warm performance was expected.

A different scene unfolded than expected. 

North Korean player Kim Cheol-gwang won a match with a brush-pulling technique. 

Korea’s Kang Heon-cheol, who lost, offered to shake hands with Kim Cheol-gwang, but Kim Cheol-gwang refused and walked out of the court. 

In judo, where etiquette is important, it is pointed out that refusing to shake a loser’s hand is unbecoming of a winner.

North Korea’s disrespect continued even in the shooting match between North and South Korea in the final. 

On the 25th of last month, Korea won the men’s shooting 10m running target team event after a close battle. 

The Korean national team had the same total score as North Korea, which placed second, at 1,668 points, but was ahead in the number of Inner Ten (10 points in the exact center). 

South Korea hit Inner Ten 39 times and North Korea hit Inerten 29 times, resulting in a come-from-behind victory over North Korea.

The North Korean athletes who received their medals with sad expressions looked elsewhere rather than at the national flag even when the national flag was raised and the national anthem was sung. 

We didn’t even take a commemorative photo together. 

At international competitions, it is customary for medalists to stand on the first place podium together and take a commemorative photo, but the North Korean athletes did not make a movement. 

In the end, we were able to take a group photo only after our country’s athletes got off the podium.

In an interview with MBC, player Ha Gwang-cheol said, “At first, I tried to shake hands, but that wasn’t possible, so I just said, ‘Let’s come up and take a picture together.’

I think I expressed it with my body, but I think it was an expression that said, ‘You can’t come up.

Netizens criticized North Korea, saying, “Are there still people in the 21st century who have such poor sports manners?” and “Nothing has changed at all, whether it was decades ago or now.”

North Korea even described South Korea as a ‘puppet’ during a soccer game. 

Previously, North Korea’s Chosun Central TV lost 1:4 in the women’s soccer quarterfinal match between South Korea and North Korea at the Hangzhou Asian Games held on the 30th of last month. 

Accordingly, Chosun Central TV reported, “The match ended with our country’s team defeating the puppet team with an overwhelming score difference of 4:1.”

Additionally, the violent scenes of North Korean players during the men’s soccer game against Japan also raised eyebrows. 

In the 28th minute of the second half, North Korean player Kim Yu-sung received a warning for behavior such as threatening with his fist a Japanese staff member who entered the ground to treat an injured player.

Afterwards, when the referee awarded a penalty kick (PK) to Japan, the North Korean players showed violent behavior by shoving the referee’s neck.  바카라사이트

Japan scored a PK and won 2-1. 

When the referee announced the end of the game, the North Korean players ran straight to the referee and protested fiercely.

There was also analysis that this action was an order from North Korea’s supreme leader, Chairman Kim Jong-un. 

Ko Young-hwan, an adjunct professor at Korea Tourism University who worked as an interpreter and diplomat for President Kim Il-sung in North Korea and went into exile in 1991, said in an interview article published in the Asahi Shimbun on the 5th that the aggressive behavior of North Korean soccer players was “an enemy nation on the international stage of the Asian Games.

In the case of confronting Japan, there would have been instructions to take down the opponent with a hard-line attitude,” he said.

Chairman Kim would have given direct instructions or at least approved (the players’ action policy).”

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