In North korea the absence of Israel and South korea from the current World Table Tennis Championship has led to a controversy at a meeting of the international Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
In North korea the absence of Israel and South korea from the current World Table Tennis Championship has led to a controversy at a meeting of the international Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Reports said some Arab delegates had indicated they would support a call for the expulsion of South korea form the ITTF in support for the removal of Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The ITTF meeting was held in Pyongyang on Sunday (29 April). Before the meeting the ITTF had issued a statement in effect agreeing to North korea's contention that the Israelis had not been invited because they could pose a security problem, and that the North Koreans were also fulfilling their undertaking to the Organisation on South korea by seeking to form a joint North-South team.
The eighty four countries represented at the meeting rejected a proposal that any country agreeing to host the wold championships in the future should guarantee visas to all participants. No vote was taken but delegates said the consensus was that such a proposal would be unworkable and that national table tennis associations were not in a position to extract such a guarantee from their governments.
Leader of the Palestine delegation, Mr. Racheed Al Turk, declared that all Arab nations would have boycotted the championships if Israel had been allowed to compete.
Several delegates said there was no suggestion that either South Korea or Israel should be expelled from the World Table Tennis body.