Farewell to Ma Lin, Wang Liqin, Chen Qi, Guo Yan & Other Retirees
Chinese National Team's Retirement Ceremony (Photos & Video)
Patrick Tan, Feb. 28, 2014
There would always come a time that our journey will end in one way or another. Yesterday, the Chinese Team's journey with some of the greatest names in table tennis has ended. Headed by the head coach Liu Guoliang, Ma Lin, Wang Liqin, Guo Yan, and other retirees were acknowledged for their priceless contribution to the National Team. Flowers, applause and tears filled the ceremony.
Sohu Sports. Yesterday, February 27, the Chinese National Team formally bid their farewell to their veterans.
During the first stage of the Squad Trials, head coach Liu Guoliang has already decided to have a ceremony acknowledging the efforts and contributions of their retirees. The theme of the ceremony yesterday was "World Champion's Farewell." It is believed to be the first ever retirement ceremony in the history of the Chinese National Team.
"I am grateful for these players who dedicated their youth for their table tennis career. They deserve recognition and respect." Liu Guoliang said.
Present during the ceremony were Ma Lin, Wang Liqin, Chen Qi, Qiu Yike, Zhang Chao, Li Ping, Guo Yan, Cao Zhen, Fan Ying, Chang Chenchen, Rao Jingwen, along with the present members of the Chinese National Team. Noticeably, the Grand Slam champions Zhang Jike and Li Xiaoxia were not in the pictures.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov Signed with Jiangsu Team for Two Years of Super League
Ovtcharov Signed With Jiangsu Team For Two Seasons Of Super League
Patrick Tan May 12, 2014, 3:32 a.m.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov has been on a steady rise in the international table tennis scene. Currently, he has surpassed Timo Boll. With this, his status as a player also increases, earning him high treatments in the Super League. With his potentials, Jiangsu has signed him for two seasons in the Super League.
Modern Express. Dimitrij Ovtchaorv is now the hottest European player not only in the international scene but also in the Chinese Super League.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov is currently ranked 4th in the world and he is the highest ranking European player. He has defeated Zhang Jike, Xu Xin and Wang Hao before. For this upcoming 2014 Chinese Super League, Ovtcharov is contracted to play for Jiangsu.
"Ovtcharov is currently the most powerful player from Europe. He is younger than Timo Boll and he has the potential. Just recently, he has won over Zhang Jike. Therefore, we have signed him for two years." Jiangsu chairman Yang Fei said.
In the previous season, Jiangsu had a powerful lineup with Ma Lin, Chen Qi and Timo Boll. But they only finished in fifth place. At that time, Yang Fei has offered Timo Boll 100,000 yuan ($16,000) appearance fee per match in addition to winning bonuses. Timo Boll recorded 8 wins and 3 losses in that season.
For Ovtcharov's case, Yang Fei has offered the same amount in the hope that he would be able to help the team into the playoffs.
In addition to Ovtcharov, Jiangsu will also have Zhang Chao, Cui Qinglei, Lin Chen, and Cai Wei among others. "Zhang Chao and Cui Qinglei both have strengths." Yang Fei added.
Portugal Is The New European Team Champion! (Videos HD) - 2014-09-28
. Portugal Is The New European Team Champion! (Videos HD) - 2014-09-28
EUROPE - Portugal made history at the 2014 European Team Championships. Marcos Freitas and Co. stopped Germany's winning streak and clinched his first European title ever. Marcos Freitas was the hero as he overcame Steffen Mengel and Timo Boll. But Tiago Apolonia ...
Just watched the video of Zhang Jike celebrating his winning the World Cup MS by kicking and breaking the advertisement boards. Gee. what was he thinking? Losing 45k price money may not be a lot for him, but he got boo'ed from the spectators and hurting his images.