Young ping-pong player Shin Yu-bin to make Japanese league debut

SEOUL, Aug. 09 (Yonhap) – South Korean table tennis sensation Shin Yu-bin will make his Japanese professional league debut next month after his stint at the Tokyo Olympics, sports sources said on Monday.

The 17-year-old, who plays for Korean Air, is expected to compete as a member of Kyushu Astida, a new professional women’s team based in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, with a Korean Air teammate, the sources said.

According to the arrangement, the two athletes will be part of the Japanese team for about six months and participate in the T-league, considered one of the main table tennis leagues in Asia. There are currently nine T-league teams, including four men’s teams and five women’s teams.

Shin’s father, an executive with a table tennis association based in the South Korean suburb of Suwon, said the teenage athlete chose the new team over a Tokyo-based team given the new situation. coronaviruses in the country and in the hope of having more opportunities to compete.

The deal, however, could fail if the pandemic in Japan affects entry and quarantine conditions in the Asian country.

At 17, Shin was the youngest member of the South Korean women’s table tennis team at the Tokyo Olympics. She participated in the women’s singles and the team event during the summer games.

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