Unified North, South Korea TT team lose

Poh S. F. Ethan of Singapore returns to Mizutani Jun of Japan at the fifth round of Men's group match during the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad
N Korea and S Korea combine rather than play each other
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07 May, 2018

In an extremely unusual move, the women's table tennis teams for North and South Korea decided on Thursday to form a joint team ahead of their quarterfinal match at the world championships, allowing them to skip the match and advance directly to the semifinals.

Korea Table Tennis Association Vice President and International Olympic Committee member RYU Seungmin said "This is a big historical decision for both our countries".

For the primary time in 11 years, athletes from North and South Korea walked in unison on the opening ceremony of an Olympic Video games, whereas it was on the PyongChang Video games, dubbed the "Peace Olympics", that the unified women's ice hockey team made its Olympic debut.

Following the success of the summit, planning is now underway for US President Donald Trump to fulfill with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un inside a month to additional talk about the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

The combined team will now fight against either Japan or Ukraine in the final four.

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The President of Qatar and Arab Table Tennis Federations Khaleel Al Mohannadi, who is also the first deputy of ITTF President, said that the Koreas' decision to field united team a clear message of peace. "This is an important statement to promote peace between our countries through table tennis".

Suh shared that she saw a movie about the united team and now, it felt a bit unusual. This is Table Tennis history so we are very happy.

Two South Korea players were joined on the team by one from North Korea.

ITTF President Thomas WEIKERT who was chairing the ITTF Board of Directors meeting at the time stated: "When I informed the Board of Directors about this development, the unified team received a standing ovation from the delegates who showed their sign of support to this historic move".

North and South Korea had divided after the second World War and it was North Korea's participating in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that began the diplomatic breakthrough.


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