When we stayed in Pyongyang during training there was an unexpected accident so our team was not capable of playing. Our players were hit by lightning during a training match. More than five were hospitalised. The match was on 8 June.This was the first anyone had heard of the June 8th incident.
Strange as the story sounds, it's not the first time a North Korean official has gone to bizarre lengths to excuse an athletic shortcoming. Here are five strange ways the repressive country has handled sports defeats in the past:
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