Rodong Sinmun Calls for Turning DPRK into Sports Power
Pyongyang, December 7 (KCNA) — The on-going advance to build the DPRK into a sports power provides a worthwhile patriotic stage for augmenting the national power in every way and demonstrating the indomitable spirit and dignity of Songun Korea before the whole world, says Rodong Sinmun Friday in a bylined article.
It is the firm resolution of the Workers’ Party of Korea to put the homeland of Songun on the position of sports power, the article notes, and goes on:
Developing sports means bolstering up national power. Only when a drive for building a sports power makes dynamic progress, is it possible to redouble the mental power of the people, give fuller play to the wisdom and spirit of the nation and bring earlier the day of emergence of a thriving nation.
The Juche-oriented idea of developing sports of the great persons of Mt. Paektu and feats performed by them remain shining, ample conditions are being provided for developing sports under the wise leadership of the WPK and there is increasing social concern for sports. There is, therefore, no goal unattainable when all fields and units raise a hot wind of sports under the banner of great Kim Jong Il’s patriotism.
Everybody should display such strong national self-esteem as keeping one’s feet firmly planted on this land and looking out over the world, ardent patriotic devotion and extraordinary creative work style.
There should be a signal turn in the effort to create social atmosphere of sports, popularize sports and make it part of people’s daily life, bring sports science and technology up to the world level and train reserves for players under a long-term plan, intensify the training of players, reenergize domestic sports contests and improve the material supply service to the field of sports.
The article calls upon all people to fully demonstrate the honor of being victors in the drive to build a sports power by displaying ardent patriotism true to the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un’s idea of building a sports power and the decision of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK. -0-