Table Tennis: Toriola bemoans Team Nigeria's quarter-finals exit
- Author: Ryan Wade May 07, 2018,
May 07, 2018, 0:28
"I welcome the announcement that North and South Korean table tennis teams have made a decision to form a joint team during the world championship in Sweden", Wallstrom wrote on Twitter.
However, the association said they both advanced to the semis after agreeing to field a unified team.
Segun Toriola has expressed his disappointment over Nigeria's Table Tennis team failure to clinch a spot in the Championship division at the Liebherr 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Sweden.
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Following the success of the summit, planning is now underway for US President Donald Trump to fulfill with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un inside a month to additional talk about the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear arsenal. The three-woman team lost to Japan 3-0 in the semifinals.
According to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), this is the first time the two Koreas will compete as one team at the world championships since the 1991 tournament in Chiba.
"But there's no disadvantage to the teams before and we informed all the (other) teams and they agreed. we all feel happy that we have a small sign in the process of the reunion of Korea".
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Ichiro Hoshino, executive director of the Japan Table Tennis Association, said he understood the decision but also expressed confusion. "At least now we can be a more powerful team", Suh Hyowon said in a video shared by ITTF.
Weikert said, who added there was no external pressure to combine the Korean teams and the ITTF has informed the International Olympic Committee of the news.
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In February, a united Korea women's ice hockey team competed at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.