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    Teams from 32 nations gathered in Yokohama, Japan on Tuesday (2 April) for the opening of the second Asian Table Tennis Championships.

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    Teams from 32 nations gathered in Yokohama, Japan on Tuesday (2 April) for the opening of the second Asian Table Tennis Championships.

    The first tournament of its kind was held in 1972 and the motto for the Second Asian Championships is "Uni Asia Through Table Tennis". 42 nations were invited to take part in the two-week tournament, among them Asian, Arab and South East Asian countries. In 1972, the championships were dominated by Japan, The People's Republic of China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and North Vietnam. The first championships, held in Peking, heralded a breakthrough in International Sports Competition by The People's Republic of China. Once again, Japan and The People's Republic of China are favourites in the championships in men's and women's events.

    The opening of the second Asian Table Tennis Championships threatened to set off a diplomatic row. The crowd of 2,000 watching the opening ceremony were quiet but broke into tumultuous applause when the 17-member Vietcong team entered in jungle fatigues and carrying a large sign announcing them as representatives of the "Republic of South Vietnam". However, generally the ceremonies went well with national anthems and flags not being used to avoid embarrassment among participating countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADVJCP1UQUUUDGORIRZ99P5OK2
    Media URN:
    VLVADVJCP1UQUUUDGORIRZ99P5OK2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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