North Korean table tennis players arrive in S. Korea

Cooperation between the two Koreas continues,
meanwhile, in table tennis. When the international Korea Open kicks off
this week in the South Korean city of Daejeon , players from both sides will be playing
on the same team. Oh Soo-young reports. North Korean table tennis players have arrived
in South Korea to compete in an international tournament this week, where they will form
joint teams with South Korean players. The group of sixteen arrived at Incheon Airport
on Sunday. It was announced only hours earlier that they
would be competing on the same side as the South Koreans in the doubles and mixed doubles
events. According to the Korea Table Tennis Association,
South Korea’s Lee Sang-su will pair up with the North’s Pak Sin-hyok for the men’s doubles
event,… and in the women’s doubles, it’ll be Seo Hyo-won and Kim Song-i .
For the mixed doubles, South Korea’s Jang Woo-jin and Cha Hyo-sim will play together,…
as will Yoo Eun-chong and Pak Sin-hyok. The six-day event is set to take place in
the city of Daejeon, south of Seoul. This will mark the third time since 1991…
that the two sides have formed joint teams for table tennis,… and the first time the
North has competed in an event under the International Table Tennis Federation. The two sides’ women players teamed up in
May for the World Team Table Tennis Championships held in Sweden. The so-called ping pong diplomacy,… among
other sports exchanges,… come amid the rapprochement between the two Koreas… as they seek to
mend their ties and achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Seoul and Pyongyang have also agreed to forge
joint teams in various sports during the Asian Games in Indonesia next month. Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.

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