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Allowing inter-Korea joint team ignored principles of sporting events

In the women’s team competition for the World Team Table Tennis Championships, South and North Korea formed a joint team ahead of their quarterfinal match.

The sudden decision enabled South and North Korea to advance to the semifinals without playing a quarterfinal match. With no third-place playoff at the championships, the move guaranteed the team a medal.

If the decision on the joint team had been made prior to the championships, the move could have been understood.

However, the latest decision obviously lacked fairness in relation to other teams, as the joint team had been formed during the championships and also immediately before a match between the two nations.

The decision by the championships’ organizers to bend its rules will only undermine the authority of the event held to decide the greatest team in the world.

It must be said that the decision has neglected the essentials of sports.

(The Japan News, May 8, 2018)

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