Table tennis: Japan women defeat Korea to advance to team worlds finals

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This is the first joint Korean table tennis team since the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan, when the unified women's team, led by South Korean Olympic champion Hyun Jung-hwa and the North's Li Bun-hui, won the gold medal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian table tennis team crashed out after losing 3-0 to Slovakia in the tournament's quarter-finals at Halmstad on Friday.

The two Koreas are forming a unified team at the women's world table tennis championships.

Ryu Seung-min, the vice-president of the South Korean Table Tennis Federation and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), praised the ITTF for its spontaneous decision.

The ROK team said the decision is "an important statement to promote peace between our countries".

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Kim Song I, of North Korea, fared better in the second match but lost 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 11-13, 16-14 to Japan's strongest player, Kasumi Ishikawa. In the 1970s the Nixon administration helped open the door to relations between Communist China and the US with a series of games between the two countries.

The two nations' teams had been scheduled to play each other in the quarterfinals but formed a combined team that was handed a bye into the semifinals. The team was comprised of two players from the south and one from the north. Despite the defeat, the combined Korean team were all smiles as they were applauded off court by the spectators and the respective ambassadors of the two countries. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised last week to work toward the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

Talks for joint Korean teams at the Asian Games gained traction last week following the inter-Korean summit.