Japan's first medal in 19 years
In the World Team Table Tennis Championship in Kuala LumpurJapan secured a medal for the first time in a world championship match since 1981 after defeating Taiwain in the quarterfinals on Feb. 24. In the semi-finals, Japan faced China but all 3 players lost. They include Koji Matsushita who was edged by world's number 2, Kong Linghui. Japan won the bronze.
Japanese pro will play in German's first division league
30-year old Koji Matsushita who became Japan's first professional table tennis player in 1993 had tied a one year contract with Germany's professional league. This was made known Apr. 15. The first division club is a powerhouse called Borussia Duesseldorf. He will get started in August when the new season opens. Meanwhile, he is with the second division playing well winning 33 games against 3 losses.
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