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ITF Taekwondo World Championships opens in Pyongyang

(Xinhua)

08:53, September 09, 2011

PYONGYANG, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The 17th International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Championships opened at the Taekwondo Hall in Pyongyang on Thursday.

Choe Yong Rim, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, Choe Ryong Hae, secretary of the C.C., the Workers' Party of Korea, Kang Nung Su, vice-premier of the Cabinet, Pak Myong Chol, minister of Physical Culture and Sports and President Jang Ung and vice presidents of the ITF attended the opening ceremony.

More than 800 athletes and guests of honor from over 80 countries and regions including China, Russia, the U.S., Mongolia and so on participated in the championships.

Ryang Man Gil chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee who doubles as chairman of the organizing committee of the 17th ITF Taekwondo World Championships called on all the participants to devote positive efforts to the prosperity of taekwondo in an opening address.

A splendid demonstration was given by the DPRK taekwondo players at the opening ceremony as well.

The championships will conclude on Sept. 12.

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