March 05, 2019 12:42
The two Koreas will not be able to field a joint team in table tennis in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The Korea Table Tennis Association sounded out the opinions of South Korean players and found that they were overwhelmingly against the idea because their North Korean counterparts are not nearly as good and could ruin their chances.
International Olympic Committee officials met with sports representatives from North and South Korea in Lausanne, Switzerland last month and the two Koreas agreed to field unified teams in women's basketball, women's hockey, judo and rowing, with a chance to add more disciplines.
But a majority of South Korean table tennis players opposed a unified team if they had to cede their berths in doubles matches to their North Korean counterparts.
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