North Koreans perform during a festival to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il-sung, and then leader Kim Jong-il’s 60th birthday at Pyongyang’s May Day stadium on April 29, 2002. Photo: AP North Koreans perform during a festival to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il-sung, and then leader Kim Jong-il’s 60th birthday at Pyongyang’s May Day stadium on April 29, 2002. Photo: AP
North Koreans perform during a festival to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il-sung, and then leader Kim Jong-il’s 60th birthday at Pyongyang’s May Day stadium on April 29, 2002. Photo: AP

From Kim’s golf to winning the World Cup, Western media prefers North Korean sports fiction to fact

  • Reports of North Korea telling its people of mythical sporting success pervade in Western media, despite obvious red flags
  • Country has plenty of genuine success at age-group Fifa World Cups, regional football and in weightlifting, but that is never the story

Topic |   North Korea
North Koreans perform during a festival to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il-sung, and then leader Kim Jong-il’s 60th birthday at Pyongyang’s May Day stadium on April 29, 2002. Photo: AP North Koreans perform during a festival to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il-sung, and then leader Kim Jong-il’s 60th birthday at Pyongyang’s May Day stadium on April 29, 2002. Photo: AP
North Koreans perform during a festival to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il-sung, and then leader Kim Jong-il’s 60th birthday at Pyongyang’s May Day stadium on April 29, 2002. Photo: AP
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