There was a football meet between workers of the north and south of Korea for national reconciliation, unity, peace and reunification at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on October 29.
The matches were seen by Kim Yong Dae, vice-president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party and also chairman of the National Reconciliation Council; Ju Yong Gil, chairman of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea (GFTUK); Jon Yong Nam, chairman of the Central Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League; Ri Myong Gil, chairman of the Central Committee of the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea; Kim Jong Sun, chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Democratic Women’s Union of Korea; Kim Wan Su, chairman of the North Committee for the Implementation of the June 15 Joint Declaration; Choe Jin Su, chairman of the North Headquarters of the Pan-National Alliance for Korea’s Reunification; relevant officials and other working people.
The audience also included a delegation of south Korean workers football for reunification led by Kim Tong Man, chairman of the Confederation of Trade Unions (Hangukrochong), and Choe Jong Jin, senior vice-chairman of the Federation of Democratic Trade Unions (Minjurochong), visiting overseas Koreans and foreigners.
A congratulatory address by Kim Yong Dae was followed by speeches by Ju Yong Gil, Kim Tong Man and Choe Jong Jin.
The speakers said that whenever inter-Korean relations worsened, it was the workers of the north and the south that made a breach to the barrier of severance and deadlock and gave impetus to national reconciliation and unity, and expressed their confidence that the soccer meet would mark a significant occasion that powerfully demonstrates the will and mettle of the workers to carry on the dynamic drive of the June 15 era and bring earlier the day of independent reunification.
Then, matches were played between the tobacco complex team of the GFTUK and the combined team of Hangukrochong and between the capital construction team of the GFTUK and the combined team of Minjurochong.
The players put on a good show in reflection of the reunification zeal of all the fellow countrymen.
Both teams of the GFTUK won the matches.
After the games were over, the players of the north and south went round the field hand in hand and flying the flag bearing the map of Korea, amid the tumultuous cheers from the spectators.