North Korean weightlifting returns to international stage after 3 years, 6 months

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) released the list of competitors for the first edition of the IWF Grand Prix on its website on 메이저사이트 Thursday (June 24).

The list includes 14 North Korean athletes.

The men’s list includes Park Eun Chol in the 55kg category, Park Myong Jin and Kim Jong Kook in the 61kg category, Park Jung Ju and Oh Geum Taek in the 73kg category, Ri Cheong Sung in the 81kg category, and Ro Kwang Yeol in the 89kg category.

On the women’s side, Lee Sung-gum (49kg), Kang Hyun-kyung (55kg), Kim Il-kyung (59kg), Lim Eun-sim (64kg), Song Kook-hyang (71kg), Lee Seok (76kg), and Chung Chun-hee (76kg) were named to the roster.

However, there is still a possibility that they could withdraw.

The first round of the IWF Grand Prix will be held from June 9-19 in Havana, Cuba.

It will be the first time in three years and six months that a North Korean athlete has competed in an international weightlifting competition since December 2019.

North Korea is a weightlifting powerhouse. It has won 18 medals at the Summer Olympics, the most in history.

To qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, North Korea must compete in at least five of the many international competitions designated by the IWF.

There are two mandatory events and three additional events.

The World Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this September, and the IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand, next April, are “mandatory” events.

Athletes must also compete in three additional events to qualify.

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