OSAKA — North Korea will compete in the World Judo Championships to be held in Osaka in September and plans to send a contingent of four men and four women athletes, judo sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. It will be North Korea’s fourth straight World Championships appearance since the 1997 Paris meet. The championships will open Sept. 11 at Osakajo Hall for a four-day run. Individual names by weight division will not be known until immediately before the event, but the North Korean contingent is expected to include Kye Sun Hi, who beat Japan’s Ryoko Tamura to win the women’s 48-kg gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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