Unification flag, Arirang tapped for unified Korean team.
A ''unification flag'' and Korean folk song Arirang will be used for a joint table tennis team between North and South Korea at the upcoming world championships in Osaka, Japanese table tennis officials said Monday.
The use of the flag and the song at official ceremonies of the April-May championships was approved Sunday by the International Table Tennis Federation, which also decided to extend the entry deadline for Korean players until March 28.
The unification flag, which bears a blue map of the Korean Peninsula, was used when North and South Korean athletes and officials marched together for the first time in an Olympic opening ceremony in Sydney last September.
A joint Korean team will be formed for the second time at the table tennis world championships and the first since the 1991 meet in Chiba.