A 20-strong table tennis team from People's Republic of China practised for the World Championships in Tokyo on Monday (March 20) amid tight security precautions.
A 20-strong table tennis team from People's Republic of China practised for the World Championships in Tokyo on Monday (March 20) amid tight security precautions. It was feared that the Chinese, who are taking part in the Championship for the first time since 1965, might be attacked by already-threating Japanese right-wing extremists. Several minor incidents have already taken place, including threats against officials of the Japanese Table Tennis Federation, whose President went to Peking to organise Chinese participation. Police are guarding the players and 40 accompanying officials on a round-the-clock watch.
SYNOPSIS: Tokyo, Japan -- and police guard the Fuji Junior College where, inside, a 20-strong table tennis team from the People's Republic of China practices for the World Championship.
The team and 40 officials arrived in Tokyo on Sunday (21 March) and begun practice the following day for the Championships which begin on Saturday (March 27). It is the first time China has participated in the Championships since 1965, and security officials are worried about the personal safety of Chinese following threats from right-wing Japanese extremists. Threats have already been made against officials of the Japanese Table Tennis Federation, whose president went to Peking to organise participation by a Chinese team.
Security precautions included a round-the-clock watch on the team by police, while team members were kept isolated in a private house somewhere in Tokyo. To avoid political incidents at the Championships, being held at Nagoya officials have banned the paying of national anthems and showing of flags or banners supporting individual countries. PAUSE FIVE SECONDS. Officials and police are still worried, however, about the extremists, who have threatened to disrupt the Championships with demonstrations against the Chinese.