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How Does North Korea Select Cheerleaders?
   2014-07-28 19:39:59    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Min

You might know her as the first lady of North Korea, or a former singer from Unhasu Orchestra. Well, she was also a cheerleader once. Ms. Ri Sol-ju, wife of the North Korea top leader Kim Jong-un was spotted in the cheerleading group in 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon, South Korea. [Photo: CFP]

North Korea is sending a cheerleading squad to Incheon, South Korea for the upcoming 17th Asian Games, to "improve relationships" between the North and South.

As this was reported by KCNA, the squad of beauties has caught the attention of thousands.

North Korea sent 101 cheerleaders back in 2005 to the Asian Athletics Championships, also held in Incheon. Ms. Ri Sol-ju, wife of the North Korea top leader Kim Jong-un was spotted amongst them.

From the past, North Korean Cheerleaders have a high reputation: pretty in a natural way, self-disciplined and well-organized.

Who are they and what makes them qualified enough to be cheerleaders? Here are some selection standards recently disclosed by head of an inter-Korean civil sports exchange body, Kim Gyeong-sung.

Being young and pretty is a must

The cheerleaders are all about twenty years old, smart, and uniformly pleasant. Some of them are younger, like Ms. Ri Sol-ju, she was only 16 as a member of the North Korean cheerleading team during the Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.

Family background is very important

A background check is preliminary to the selection. A good family background is essential to being on the squad. Few of them were children of high-ranking officials. Those who are related to pro-Japanese or defectors are excluded.

Versatile performer gets bonus point

Cheerleaders are picked among university students, propaganda squad members and music school students. After being selected, they have to spend lots of time practicing their cheering and singing.

Click picture to see more North Korean cheerleaders.

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