Ping-pong Diplomacy Back on Track
On 21-22 November 2011, Doha hosted a unique competition, wich gathered Pakistan, India, North and South Korea, China, Japan, United States, France and Qatar. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) launched this initiative together with the Peace and Sport Foundation and the UN, as Wilfried Lemke – UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace – called for friendship and harmony among participants.
The Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup was set up with the aim of improving relations between nations and foster dialogue between them. Qualities such as teamwork and alliance were promoted, and showed how sport can be inspiring for easing political tensions and paving the way towards peace. The players from North and South Korea won the men’s doubles tournament, and had a photograph taken with Mr. Lemke.