Pyongyang ready to rumble with pro-wrestling match

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Associated Press

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 2:32 AM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 2:36 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The wild world of professional wrestling is heading to North Korea.

The authoritarian nation locked in a decades-long standoff with its neighbors and the United States over its nuclear bomb ambitions announced plans Monday for an international pro-wrestling match in its capital, Pyongyang, in late August.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency says pro-wrestlers from Japan, the U.S. and other countries will take part. It provided few other details.

A former professional wrestler turned Japanese lawmaker, Kanji Inoki, will head the organizing committee along with the chair of North Korea's International Martial Arts Games Committee.

Inoki is a regular visitor to North Korea and organized another pro-wrestling event in Pyongyang in 1995.

Impoverished North Korea is keen to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism.

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