Monday, June 27, 2005

Bridging the gap through sports

Here is an article about a sports promoter, Park Sang-kwon, who hopes to bring North and South Korea closer through boxing matches. Tomorrow, female boxers from North and South Korea will fight each other in Pyongyang for the first time ever.

Sports exchanges are an example of how North and South Koreans can express their solidarity and also help to bridge the gap between the two countries and promote cultural exchange. The 2000 and 2004 Olympics, soccer, basketball, and table tennis competitions are other examples. I believe these increased sports exchanges are healthy for the relationship between North and South Korea and are evidence of the fact that the younger generation from both nations are willing to put their differences aside.


Sam Rowe said...

This is what I am talking about. I saw this online and thought i would be the first one to post something but i guess i was beaten to the punch. If only the disputes of the world were settled this way there would be much less war and the samoans (very large strong people naturally) would rule the earth. It does, on some level, seem fitting that after all the diplomacy, after all the retoric and all the lives wasted during the last 50 years that this is what's next. If only it were as easy as this, to settle disputes between nations in the ring, instead of on the battlefield.

Kaitlin C. said...

I am curious, does North Korea follow a set of standards for its athletes like sports organizations in other parts of the world are dealing with? I have to wonder if they would because could the DPRK propaganda machine handle one of their own being knocked out in the ring by a South Korean? I don't know what their track record has been like in the Olympics, but the possibility of losing has to be pretty scary, and I know some other former Communists countries have allegedly done more for their athletes than we might be comfortable with (I remember something about female swimmers from East Germany...). I can't imagine the stakes for a North Korean boxer. The way North Korea ignores their problems and weakness in their press, if I were a boxer who had lost, I would expect to be disappeared.