August 06, 2003
hoop dreams

North Korea began promoting basketball as part of the ``Grow Tall Movement'' during a deadly famine in the mid-1990s, the South Korean government and Northern defectors say. Malnutrition stunted the growth of many North Korean children, according to aid workers.

North Korean media have claimed students playing basketball were 1.2 inches to 1.9 inches taller than those playing other sports. It said the game ``activates hundreds of millions of brains cells per second'' because players must continuously make quick decisions.

Posted by elia at August 06, 2003 08:26 PM
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