|calendar>> January 8. 2014 Juche 103|
Kim Jong Un Watches Basketball Game of DPRK, American Players
| Pyongyang, January 8 (KCNA) -- A basketball game was played by the American basketball team of ex-NBA stars and Korean players of the Hwaebul team of the DPRK at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. The American team is now on a visit to the DPRK for sports exchange.
The match was watched by sports fans, people from all walks of life and youth and students.
Among the spectators were foreign diplomatic envoys, representatives of international bodies, military attaches and their wives, staff members of various embassies, foreign guests and overseas Koreans staying in the motherland.
Supreme leader Kim Jong Un came out to the stadium together with Ri Sol Ju to watch the game.
He was warmly greeted by Dennis Rodman, American ex-NBA star.
Kim Jong Un welcomed the American basketball players' visit to the DPRK and said that the game served as a good occasion in promoting the understanding between the peoples of the two countries.
Rodman presented Kim Jong Un with a gift he prepared with the deepest respect for him.
In his speech made before the match, he said he felt the Korean people were respecting Kim Jong Un while staying in the DPRK.
He sang a song reflecting his reverence for Kim Jong Un, touching the spectators.
The first two rounds of the match were held between Hwaebul Team of the DPRK and the team of ex-NBA stars and its last two rounds were played as a mixed game of players of the two countries.
Dennis Rodman also played in the match, revving it up.
The Hwaebul Team beat the team of ex-NBA stars 47:39 and the White Team trounced the Green Team 63: 54.
Commemorative cups and medals were awarded to the players of the two teams.
At the end of the match, Kim Jong Un met the players of the two teams.
Kim Jong Un said he watched a good match and wished the American basketball players pleasant days in the DPRK.
He had a photo taken with the American basketball players.
Pak Pong Ju, Choe Ryong Hae and Kang Sok Ju watched the match together with their wives.
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