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China Relaxes Romance Ban on Table Tennis Champion

After a probationary period of 5 years, China’s table tennis sports officials are allowing Wang Hao, the men’s singles world champion, to date a fellow athlete.  From The Guardian: After years of punishing training...

Worlds ‘redwash’ prompts calls for overseas aid – Reuters

A story about the conundrum facing the Chinese table tennis team: while it finds itself in a “new golden age,” it worries that other countries might lose interest in the sport. From Reuters, via China Daily: China’s absolute domination of the table tennis world championships has sparked more calls for the country to help develop […]

The Golden Child – Michael Leahy

You don’t have to go to China to find a world where champions are legend, and dreams rise or fall with the bounce of a little ball, from the Washington Post: THE OPPONENT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE NET, the one talking to his racquet at this moment, is a nobody in the sport, […]

Olympic champ paid the price for losing cool – China Daily

From China Daily via People’s Daily online (link): Chinese Olympic table tennis champion Chen Qi says he feels like a “new person” after completing the last set of punishments for losing his temper in an international competition. The 21-year-old had already made an open apology, was drilled in a military boot camp and handed out […]

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