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North Korea and the ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships

The 17th ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships took place in Pyongyang from September 6 to 12, 2011. About 800 athletes from 80 countries, including the U.S., attended the event.

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Athletes enter the Taekwon-Do Hall in Pyongyang. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)
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Athletes enter the Taekwon-Do Hall in Pyongyang. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)

Athletes waiting for the opening ceremony of the Taekwon-Do championships. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)
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Athletes waiting for the opening ceremony of the Taekwon-Do championships. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)

A North Korean dance team performs a traditional dance at the event. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)
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A North Korean dance team performs a traditional dance at the event. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)

North Korean children riding roller skates in Pyongyang. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)
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North Korean children riding roller skates in Pyongyang. (Sungwon Baik/VOA)

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