Sports continue to unify both N.Korea and S.Korea, about three months after the alleged ‘Peace Olympics’ took place in the South.
Just after few days, the heads of the two nations reach an agreement to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, the two countries united in the table tennis hall – instead of competing against each other against a background of inter-Korean reconciliation.
The two nations – who are conceptually still at war – were supposed to meet at the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden but decided to drop down their guns and reconcile in order to form a unified team.
Unbelievably – and possibly for the first time in sporting competition – the tournament’s organizers have agreed that the two teams can unite and now they will compete against either Japan or Ukraine in the final four on Friday.
This is not the first time happened that the two countries have come together and competed against some other countries. In February, they sent a merged women’s ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Alluding to Thursday’s sporting move, International Table Tennis Federation president Thomas Weikert said: ‘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 for this historic move.’
This event follows the important meeting between the North’s leader Kim Jong-un and South’s Moon Jae – in last week where the leaders agreed to work towards “enduring peace”.