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North & South Korea to field unified table tennis team at World Championships

North & South Korea to field unified table tennis team at World Championships

The Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea opted against playing each other at the world table tennis championships on Thursday, deciding instead to field a joint women's team for the semi-finals.

The decision was made after both North and South Korean teams advanced separately to the quarterfinals and would have been required to face each other in competition.

The last team a united Korea participated in the World Team Table Tennis Championships was in 1991 in Chiba, Japan, when they won two Bronze in Men's singles and Mixed doubles and a Silver in Women's singles.

The unified Korean team is guaranteed a place on the podium and medals regardless of their semi-final result.

"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", ITTF president Thomas Weikert said.

The move follows the North and South Korean leaders' pledge to work for "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula last week.

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The investigation found that leaks were used "to sow discord in the US presidential election", which began before Election Day. Historically, Schiff has been highly critical of the committee's handling of the probe and its chairman Rep.

Following the success of the summit, planning is now underway for US President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un within a month to further discuss the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

BBC reports that sports is helping North Korea come closer to the South.

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

In the height of the Cold War, a set of ping-pong players became the very first Americans to see Communist China, a event which is usually blamed for thawing connections between two countries that had at that time been in touch for 22 decades.

Desk tennis additionally has a historical past in diplomacy.

The two countries marched together again at this year's Pyeonchang Olympics, and the women's hockey team at the games featured players from both sides of the border.

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