• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA OPENED ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN SIX YEARS IN THE TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS YESTERDAY ( SUNDAY ) BY BEING AWARDED A WALKOVER VICTORY AGAINST JAMAICA IN THE MEN'S TEAM COMPETITION.

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    THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA OPENED ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN SIX YEARS IN THE TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS YESTERDAY ( SUNDAY ) BY BEING AWARDED A WALKOVER VICTORY AGAINST JAMAICA IN THE MEN'S TEAM COMPETITION. THE JAMAICAN TEAM FAILED TO ARRIVE FOR THE SERIES AND CHINA WAS AWARDED THE MATCH BE DEFAULT. THE CHINESE, WHO WON THE WORLD TITLE FROM 1961 TO 1965, ARE SEEDED THIRD. AMONG OTHER WINNERS ON THE OPENING DAY WERE YUGOSLAVIA, WEST GERMANY AND NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA.

    SYNOPSIS: THE 31ST WORLD TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTED IN THE WESTERN JAPANESE CITY OF NAGOYA YESTERDAY. MAJOR INTEREST CENTRED ON THE FIRST APPEARANCE FOR SIX YEARS BY THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA WITH TEAMS ENTERED IN THE MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SECTION.

    ONE OF THE OPENING MATCHES SAW SWEDEN'S PERSSON (NUMBER 262 ) AND LEE FROM NEW ZEALAND MATCHED. THE SWEDE HAD AN EASY VICTORY. THE MEN'S SWEDISH TEAM BEAT NEW ZEALAND 5-0 TO GO ONTO NEXT ROUND.

    YUGOSLAVIA AMONG THE EUROPEAN SEEDED NATIONS, ALSO HAD A 5-0 VICTORY OVER THAILAND. IN THIS MATCH KARAKASEVIC (NO. 308 ) FROM YUGOSLAVIA BEAT KUNACHEWA 21 - 8.

    SOUTH KOREA, REPRESENTED IN HIS MATCH BY KIM CHANG HO ( NO. 178) WAS ANOTHER SEEDED TEAM TO HAVE A 5-0 VICTORY. SINGAPORE WAS THE UNLUCKY SIDE. KIM BEAT TAN KHOON HONG ( NO. 249 ) 21 - 13, 21 - 13.

    THE HOME SIDE DIDN'T DROP A SET IN DEFEATING AUSTRALIA. ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S BEST PLAYERS SHIGEO ITOH ( NO. 135) WAS MATCHED AGAINST CHAYANOND WUVANICH ( NO. 1.) HE BEAT HIM 21 - 10, 21 - 12.

    BUT THE MAIN INTEREST WAS IN CHINA'S PERFORMANCE AFTER A SIX YEAR ABSENCE. AFTER THE NON APPEARANCE OF THE JAMAICAN TEAM THE MEN WERE AWARDED A 5-0 WIN AND THE ONLY CHINESE TEAM THE AUDIENCE SAW WAS THE WOMEN. CHOU LAN SUN. ( NO. 29) OF CHINA PLAYED NANCY OKWAN OF GHANA. THE AFRICAN WAS BEATEN. THE CHINESE TEAM DIDN'T DROP A SET IN ANY OF THEIR MATCHES ON THE FIRST DAY. DESPITE THE SIX YEAR LAYOFF IT SEEMS CHINA'S PLAYERS HAVEN'T LOST ANY OF THEIR SKILLS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA39H584OJ5HXVHU9ZMJ4QLYE1M
    Media URN:
    VLVA39H584OJ5HXVHU9ZMJ4QLYE1M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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