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The explanation of "Cho" I've heard is this:
Leung Cho Ah was a south-korean player. In the Japan Open 1979, after only 3 years of professional tabletennis, he sufferes a triple cruciate ligament rupture. At this time, he had a clear lead against Russian Player Ivan Dobce in the semi-finals. A comeback was impossible in those times - Leung never played tabletennis again.
After Ivan Dobce beat Frenchman Jacques Allez-Onyva in the final, he shouted "Cho" after his matchball to indicate that Cho would have deserved the tournament win. This shout was taken over by the Korean national team and made its way from there.
I don't know if it's true, but at least it's a nice story....
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