North Korean cheerleaders have been making waves at international competitions, and now they’re making an appearance at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
Five female North Korean cheerleaders took to the field during the men’s soccer Group F match between North Korea and Chinese Taipei at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at Jinhua Zhejiang Normal University Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 19.
Dressed in matching outfits and hats, they sat in a corner of the stands and cheered enthusiastically while banging on balloons.
“Good job, good job,” “Our players, good job,” “Our players, win,” “DPRK, win,” they cheered loudly, captivating the crowd.
The game was against fellow Chinese Taipei, so many of the crowd chanted “chayo,” but it didn’t drown out the chants for the North Korean team, which consisted of just five people. When North Korea scored, they jumped up and down in their seats and shouted messages to the players.
Not only were they loud, but they were also nonstop and passionate, which was enough to captivate anyone watching the game. Many spectators at the stadium, including the media, captured the North Korean women’s team on their smartphones.
North Korea has been absent from international sporting events since the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Jakarta, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the country from competing in the Games, but the ban was lifted when it expired late last year.
North Korea has sent 191 athletes to the Games in 18 sports, including soccer, track and field, wrestling, weightlifting, and shooting.
In addition to the athletes, there has also been interest in whether North Korea will send cheerleaders and a high-level delegation, with the country seemingly hinting at sending a cheering squad.
With their enthusiastic supporters behind them, North Korea held on to two goals early in the first half to defeat Taiwan 2-0. Ri Jok-guk opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Kim Kuk-jin added a second five minutes later. North Korea, which fielded a squad mostly comprised of players who play in the country’s professional league, dominated Taiwan’s team of amateur and college players throughout the match.바카라사이트
North Korean men’s soccer has traditionally been strong at the Asian Games. North Korea won the first Asian Games gold medal in its history at the 1978 Asian Games in Thailand and finished runner-up at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, China.
They then finished as runners-up at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
The North Koreans are drawn in Group F with today’s opponent, Taiwan, along with Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan.