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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Doing so would undermine the "one country, two systems" promise. That promise is paramount in recovering(liberating in Mao's term) Taiwan from Beijing's perspective.

      "Unified" is not the best word here. "Returned" is the official term used by UK and China. Hong Kong was never recognized as a country during its British colonial era, which is why it's totally different from North/South Korea, both of which are recognized as countries.

      As I just wrote, multiple associations from one nation is a common occurence in other sports. Puerto Rico is a US territory, yet the US and Puerto Rico field thier own teams.

      It wouldn't matter if Hong Kong could beat China or not, representing the region is all that matters, an exercise of a right granted by the law.
      So Puerto Rico and US should get together
      Having Diaz and Zhang added together would strengthen them a lot
      BYE BYE

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      I think if ITTF could of made 2 x Unified Korea teams

      with half players from NK and half player from SK per team
      and let the "mix teams" compete in the scheduled QF

      A) players can watch schedule match
      B) best team progress - 5 players max per team

      But then again if few ITTF members are not happy of this, what authority does ITTF have to decided these matters.
      Does the ITTF President have power to decide this, or does this go to the board for votes?

      Again, its good gesture, but there is legality issues with such decision making and would therefore undermine rules of the tournament and maybe constitution of the ITTF

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      In the ITTF press conference, ITTF said they haven't determined the rules like which players can be selected in the next match. They just did it.
      What a joke and what a show...

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      The ITTF saw it as a way to get media attention across all news networks.

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      Here is Weikert's response to concerns over the fairness and formality of the decision:

      "Yes, we respect the rules; yes, we have changed the rules; yes, it is beyond the rules. This is my answer. This is the symbol of peace. Also, there will be more in the future."

      http://sports.sina.com.cn/others/pin...h8445319.shtml

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      RULES DICTATE AS FOLLOWS: NOT PLAYING A MATCH SHALL ENTAIL DISQUALIFICATION FROM COMPETITION.

      This morning, North and South both refused to play the 1/4 match as scheduled, and, according to the Rules Book, they both must be withdrawn from the event.. This is the Rule of table tennis, now still in force. See the Rule clause of "Presentation".

      Again, every National Team participating here in Halmstad did make a writen pledge that they keep up all the Rules and Fair Play. It is a solemn pledge obligatory to all the participants. Yes.
      South and North "unification" action is a gross profanation of the Rules, indeed.

      So then, North and South both must be excluded from the event, and Japan must progress walkover to Final.

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      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991..._team_of_Korea

      This not the first time They made a united team.

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      1991 is different case. You don't unite in the middle of a tournament and have 10 players on your team

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      Wow, what a mess. I thought Germans are known for obeying the law. South and North Korea unified. Sports and politics unified as well.

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      don't worry , Japan will crush them :-)

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      I'd note that Thomas Weikert is old enough, to remember when Germany was split in two with a fortified border between communist and capitalist halves, and to remember the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification.

      So not surprising the Germans will have strong feelings and a soft spot about this situation.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Takkyu_wa_inochi View Post
      don't worry , Japan will crush them :-)
      Maybe, which would be a bit embarrassing. Bad timing, we just united our teams and then proceeded to lose. Sounds wrong. I'd rather see them reach the final, but Japan has a strong team. (I have nothing against the Japanese team either, if anything they are generally among the more entertaining teams, especially against CNT.)

      On a side note, lol at the whining and bitching. O my gawd what does the rule book say? Without being naive about ITTF's motives either, that's still a pretty lame point to argue.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Takkyu_wa_inochi View Post
      don't worry , Japan will crush them :-)
      Not really bothered about playing against united Korea as their goal is to win a whole thing. Never thought ITTF would make a mockery of the WTTC. I do feel a bit sorry about players who missed out on potential ranking point though.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Loopadoop View Post
      The ITTF saw it as a way to get media attention across all news networks.
      This.

      However, only 3 players can be selected to play a match. Do you pick 2 from S. Korea and 1 from N. Korea or the other way around. Whichever country gets only 1 player selected to play will be offended and immediately war will be declared for the insult.

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      I was thinking the same LOL
      If I take hint of the interviews seen on tv it looks like it will be Yang Haeun, Suh Hyowon and Kim Song I. No surprise for Yang and Kim. Jeon Jihee might be stronger than Suh Hyowon but it really depends on their form and their opponent

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      They interviewed the Japanese players who said they were surprised and that the unified team would be even stronger but they are excited about the challenge. They don’t seem angry at all and I believe they’re too young to have much interest in politics

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      Ishikawa said to Chinese CCTV journalist that it has happened and players have to accept it. She has to be herself and will try her best to play.
      She also wrote her weibo in Chinese, better myself and keep fighting tomorrow.
      I don't see she is angry but not excited as well.

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      I saw her on Japanese TV with her teammates...

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      Did I hear correctly that ITTF announced ML and FZD would play on the women's team in the next round? And that Japan and Germany were going to join forces to commemorate their alliance from a bygone era?
      Spin Everything.

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      Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
      Did I hear correctly that ITTF announced ML and FZD would play on the women's team in the next round? And that Japan and Germany were going to join forces to commemorate their alliance from a bygone era?
      That probably is not right, did a Google search, didn't find anything to corroborate your hearing

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