As athletes struggle, Kim Jong Un dreams of Olympic glory

North Korean cheerleaders wave their national flag during the Men's Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 19 February 2018
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As athletes struggle, Kim Jong Un dreams of Olympic glory

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Kim Jong Un wants to turn his country into an international sports power — think East Germany in the 1970s and 80s.
The North Korean leader is pouring resources into training and infrastructure, athletes are getting more recognition than ever and the country now even has an all-sports television channel, though it’s not clear how many citizens are able to actually watch it.
But while Kim’s decision to send a team to Pyeongchang made a political splash, North Korea’s athletes have battled for dead last in most of their competitions. It appears Kim’s country has a lot of work to do.
North Korea has participated in nine Winter Olympics, starting at Innsbruck in 1964.
It has won only two medals: a silver and a bronze, in speedskating and short-track speedskating.


Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets in Cricket World Cup

Updated 17 June 2019
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Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets in Cricket World Cup

  • Shakib Al Hasan’s brilliant century clinched a memorable seven-wicket win over the West Indies
  • Shakib blasted 124 from 99 balls and Linton Das hit a superb 94 from 69 deliveries to lead Bangladesh to 322-3 with 8.3 overs to spare

TAUNTON: Bangladesh powered to the second highest run chase in World Cup history as Shakib Al Hasan’s brilliant century clinched a memorable seven-wicket win over the West Indies on Monday.
Shakib blasted 124 from 99 balls and Linton Das hit a superb 94 from 69 deliveries to lead Bangladesh to 322-3 with 8.3 overs to spare at Taunton.
Bangladesh’s joint highest one-day international run chase put them behind only Ireland’s 329-7 against England in 2011 in the history of successful World Cup chases.
Mashrafe Mortaza’s side remain in with a chance of reaching the semifinals after their second win in five matches.