The first games took place in the controversial second Asian Table Tennis Championships in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday (April 3rd).
GENERAL TOP VIEW Competitors
GV Sign second Asian table tennis championships
MVS & SV Chinese women (far end) playing Lagos as crowd look on Chinese win
GV Long rally and Chinese win
CU Sign - Vietcong vs. New Zealand
SV Vietcong woman serving ZOOM OUT TO MV rally and New Zealand win point (2 shots)
GV New Zealand serving and Vietcong win point and crowd applaud (2 shots)
CU Sign 'Iraq and Japan' PAN TO men players - Japanese (near end)
MV Japanese serving and Iraq wins point
GTV Interior Competitors
Initials AE/21.02 AE/21.26
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Background: The first games took place in the controversial second Asian Table Tennis Championships in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday (April 3rd). They were the Women's Doubles and the Men's Singles heats int he team Championships.
The Championships. founded in The People's Republic of China in 1973, have aroused an exceptional amount of interest because of the possibility of pollical incident. Neither South Korea nor Taiwan nor Israel, nor a team representing the South Vietnamese Government has been invited. On the first day the Vietcong team angered in Jungle fatigues, announcing themselves as the representatives of the 'Republic of South Vietnam'.
But on Wednesday things were generally quiet. As was expected the women of The People's Republic of China beat laos. But the New Zealand girls caused an upset by beating the Vietcong. In the Men's Team games Japan and The People's Republic of China excelled.
SYNOPSIS: The controversial second Asian Table Tennis Championships got under way smoothly in Yokohama on Wednesday. The first events were the Men's and Women's Team matches.
As expected, the women of The People's Republic of China were too strong for the Laotian Pathet Lao team. The Chinese staged the first championships last year.
One of the day;s surprises was as victory by the New Zealand girls over the Vietcong. On the previous day the Vietcong had caused quite a stir by announcing themselves as the representatives of the Republic of South Vietnam.
There were no further incidents on Wednesday. Japan -- it is a Japanese player nearest the camera serving against Iraq -- did well in the Team Events as they did last year. As the hosts, Japan had not invited South Korea or Israel or a team representing the South Vietnamese government.