DPRK forms new sports commission at ruling party meeting

A new sports commission was created here Sunday at an enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea’s (WPK) Central Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission was set up to “control the overall sports work of the country in a unified manner,” the official news agency KCNA reported.

According to the decision, members of the newly created commission were appointed at the meeting. Jang Song Thaek was named as chairman, Ro Tu Chol, Choe Pu Il and Ri Yong Su as vice-chairmen, and Jang Son Gang as secretary general.

The other 32 members of the commission consist of leading officials of the party, armed forces institutions, the cabinet, ministries and national institutions of fields relevant to sports, it said.

Present at the meeting were members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau, as well as members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee.

“The enlarged meeting serves as a historical event of further implementing the party’s plan of building a sports power in which a historic turn is being effected in carrying out the revolutionary cause of Juche (self-reliance),” the KCNA quoted the decision as saying.

It also said “the WPK has unrolled a far-reaching plan to turn the DPRK, socialist political and military power, into an economic power and sports power by making the sports wind rage across the country.”

Xinhua