May 26, 2018

Ex-Olympic table tennis champion surprised with formation of joint Korean team

07 May 2018, 12:27 | Marta Robbins

Koreans field combined table tennis team

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

The unified team consists of nine players, five from South Korea and four from the North. "I admire her, watch her playing a lot, and try to forget that she is Ding during the game to make me feel relax".

For the first time in 11 decades, athletes in North and South Korea walked in unison at the starting ceremony of an Olympic Games, while it had been at the PyongChang online games, dubbed the "Peace Olympics", the unified women's hockey workforce created its Olympic debut.

Ryu said bringing the teams together goes a long way toward promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula, especially in light of the historic summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week.

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In the semifinals, the Korea team will play the victor of the quarterfinal between Ukraine and Japan. He added that the repetition of the feat for the first time since 1991 was a source of great pride to the ITTF. "From now on, this team will be stronger than ever". "At least now we can be a more powerful team", Suh Hyowon said in a video shared by ITTF. I feel a little bit odd that I'm in the united team now, and I hope we can make something like it was in the movie. "So now we are together, and I believe now that we can do anything".

"I also saw this video and the power of the united team".

It has been a big year for the two Korean countries joining forces, after they made history by marching together in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games earlier in Pyongchang, which was the most significant sign of unity in worldwide sport since the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships. He was quoted in a press release stating, "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 Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.

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