The unified Korean women’s table tennis team
lost their semi-final against Japan on Friday at the World Team Table Tennis Championships
in Sweden. The combined squad lost three-zero against
the Japanese side. As there’s no third-place match, and Korea
will share the bronze with the loser of the other semi-final between China and Hong Kong. The decision to form a team was a three-way
agreement between the leaders of the North and South Korean delegations and the International
Table Tennis Federation. It was the first match as ‘Team Korea’ in
women’s table tennis since 1991, when the unified players won a gold medal in Japan.