Image of Asia: Developing football skills in Pyongyang

Youths play with a ball during a break at Pyongyang International Football School in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. North Korea has poured funds into the development and training of promising athletes over the past several years in an effort to fulfill one of leader Kim Jong Un's primary goals to become a country be reckoned with on the global sports stage. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

In this photo by Dita Alangkara, youths play with a ball during a break at Pyongyang International Football School in North Korea's capital. The country has poured funds into the development and training of promising athletes over the past several years in an effort to fulfill one of leader Kim Jong Un's primary goals — for North Korea to become a global sports contender. The effort is visible in Pyongyang, which has a number of major new or renovated sports venues.

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