Two Koreas to compete together this week in table tennis tournament


Sports continues to help promote peace and
harmony between the two Koreas. Seoul and Pyongyang’s table tennis players
held two practice sessions to test their chemistry and get ready for an upcoming tournament. Kan Hyeong-woo zooms in on how the joint squad
is gelling. South and North Korea will be competing as
one this week in table tennis… for only the third time in history… at this year’s
Korea Open, which begins on Tuesday in Daejeon. The North Koreans players arrived in the South
on Sunday… and held two practice sessions on Monday with their South Korean teammates. Four joint teams will take on players from
all over the world in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles… over the course of the six-day
tournament. 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 mixed doubles, South Korea’s Jang Woo-jin
and North’s Cha Hyo-sim will play together,… as will Yoo Eun-chong and Choe Il. The two Koreas have already played together
once before this year. Back in May, they formed unified teams at
the World Team Table Championship in Sweden,… where South Korea’s Seo Hyo-won and the North’s
Kim Song-i paired up to take home the bronze medal. “Representing international peace and harmony
through sports, the two Koreas will now seek to use this ‘ping-pong diplomacy’ to show
the world how well they can work together. Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News. Daejeon.”

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