Unified Korea lose in historic table tennis world championship semis


Weikert said the request to form the unified team was accepted at a meeting on Thursday, with all the other teams which can play North or South Korea in the semi-finals agreeing to the merger.

The two Korean women's teams were slated to meet in the quarterfinals, but after consulting with the International Table Tennis Federation, the two delegations made a decision to form a united team, which automatically advanced to the semifinals.

"Actually I saw a movie about the united team in 1991".

North Korean player Kim Song I said she would happily join a unified team in the future. "Inter-Korean relations have improved a great deal since then, and peace is also considered very important in the world of sports".

The ITTF Foundation was also unveiled, which will be tasked to evolve the federation's award-winning development program, with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility activities to promote solidarity through table tennis.

In Sweden, the Korean team will face the victor of a quarterfinal match between Ukraine and Japan.

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Veteran Liu Shiwen beat Lee Ho Ching 3-1 in the third game to help China lead by 2-1.

The unified team posed with their new flag after the match and pushed out a huge message.

South Korea's Suh Hyo-won (left) and North Korea's Kim Nam-hae play an exhibition game in Halmstad, Sweden on Thursday. "We will do our best to get more successful results internationally in a joint effort between North and South Korea". The athletes will each don their respective national uniforms, since their teams were brought together during the tournament and hadn't prepared any joint gear.

"The other team has five players, so it's the same".

Weikert said, who added there was no external pressure to combine the Korean teams and the ITTF has informed the International Olympic Committee of the news. Talks for joint Korean teams at the Asian Games gained momentum last week following the inter-Korean summit.

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