The wonderful folk of Koryo Tours, who aren’t responsible for Dennis Rodman but is for so many other Westerners who visit North Korea, passed along this video recently of Americans playing basketball in the DPRK last June. It was the first ever “USA-North Korea basketball exchange.”
“Well, I hope this opens up opportunities for the future,” participant Luke Elie, founder of Coaches Team International, said. We wonder if he knew, eight months later, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman would be following in his footsteps.Coaches Team International had two training sessions in North Korea, highlights of which are above.
Koryo Tours believe wholeheartedly in engagement through sport – our 2012 exchange was a wonderful opportunity for Americans and North Koreans to come together through basketball, and play together on the same team.