On the Soldiers’ Side

Date: 28/12/2018 | Source: Sports DPRK English | Read original version at source

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General Kim Jong Il inspected a military academy on May 10, Juche 87 (1998).

After seeing the cadets under training, he watched a basketball match between officers and soldiers in the gymnasium at the academy.

He feasted his eyes on the players’ nimble passing and dribbling, highly praising their skills.

The No. 6 of the soldiers’ team made the first three-point shot.

“Three-point shot is the key to victory in a basketball match,” exclaimed Kim Jong Il with satisfaction, clapping his hands before anybody else.

Each time the soldiers made a three-point shot, he gave them an enthusiastic applause.

After the match was over, he called the umpire and asked the score.

“The score is 17:26,” answered the latter.

“Which team is the winner?” asked the General again.

The umpire fudged his reply, wondering if he really did not know the result.

He said in a faltering voice that it was the officers’ team.

But Kim Jong Il countered that in his opinion the Red team was better, and laughed out loud.

All roared with laughter. The Red team was the soldiers’.

Though they lost the game, the players of the Red team shouted proudly:

“The General always favours us, soldiers!”

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