North Korean Squash - Officially a Global Sport

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Even though North Korea is currently powered by a family with complete disregards to the people of its country and their new leader is now best buds with former NBA Star Dennis Rodman, it is safe to say that North Korea still cares about sports. And with the addition of a new squash court at the Kumrung Health Center in the North Korean capital Pyongyang, it is safe to say that squash is now officially global.

While North Korea has produced a fair number decent sport teams in past years, including their soccer team, which competed in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, they have yet to produce any famous individuals who have dominated in individual sports. With this being said, there hasn’t been too much squash coming out of that part of the world. The two main powerhouses in Eastern Asia in terms of squash are Malaysia and Hong Kong with Japan and Singapore producing a small number of athletes. Other than that, there has not been that much squash coming out of the Korean Peninsula. However, with a new leader and a new court, could North Korea become the powerhouse in squash like Egypt or England? It is a possibility, however, in my opinion, North Korea needs to fix some other problems before they turn to squash. Still it is exciting to know that if I ever want to go to North Korea and the Harlem Globetrotters, I now know that I should definitely pack my racket. 

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Dylan Sweeney is currently a student at the Trevor Day School in New York City

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