South and North Korea Groups unite table tennis world championships

Seo Hyowon right from South Korea and Kim Song I from North Korea together in Halmstad on Thursday after North and South Korea combined their women’s teams at the table tennis team world championships

South and North Korea Groups unite table tennis world championships

I am certain that our Korean colleagues will do an fantastic job at hosting a spectacular World Championships that will inspire millions across the world to play and enjoy table tennis.

North and South Korea requested to field a unified team for the semi-finals of the championships, which will be played against Japan on Friday in Halmstad, Sweden.

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During the event, Ju Jong-chol, secretary general of the North Korean Table Tennis Association, said that while his organization is positive about a joint Korean team, no official decision has been made by the relevant authorities.

The last time a unified Korea team played at the tournament was in Japan in 1991 where a women's team shocked defending champions China to win gold. The KTTA has also proposed a unified Korean team at this year's Asian Games in Indonesia, pending the ITTF's approval.

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The Korean team was formed on the spot here through an agreement between the federations of both North and South Korea and the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday.

Earlier some of the ladies of the historic team had expressed their elation over the unification and were excited to work together and create a stronger unit. We really concentrate on our game - we will do what we want to do. "And so I still can't believe we have the joint team on our hand". I feel a little bit unusual that I'm in the united team now. I think, this united team aimed to be like unbeatable. "I admire her, watch her playing a lot, and try to forget that she is Ding during the game to make me feel relax". The team was comprised of two players from the south and one from the north. "Actually, I imagined about it, but I didn't expect that I could be a member of the united team".

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At the Winter Olympics in February, the Koreans had fielded a joint women's hockey team and had also walked under a unified flag in the opening ceremony.

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