Korea PRK and Korea Republic compete together as a unified Korean team.
Unified pairs such as women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles were formed. Among them, the unified mixed double pair (JANG Woojin/ KOR and CHA Hyo Sim/PRK) won the Korean Open mixed doubles title, receiving heated support from Koreans. For North Korean players, this was the first time they participated in the event held in Korea.
Made up of JANG Woojin (KOR) and CHA Hyo Sim (PRK), the unified mixed doubles pair’s qualification to the Grand Final was ensured in Linz.
“We are very happy to play together as Unified Korea. We want to show that we can join together as a strong team. It´s great and exciting to be part of the next chapter of Ping Pong Diplomacy.”
Defeating the current mixed double champions in the first round and Korean pair in the second round, the unified pair proceeded to the finals and played against Hong Kong. They became runners up.