Source: The Paper
On November 23, Beijing time, the Chinese and American mixed doubles cross-country pairings, who are preparing for the World Table Tennis Championships in Houston, USA, conducted their first joint training, and the two teams also exchanged jerseys.
Liu Guoliang, chairman of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, participated in the whole process and accepted media interviews after the joint training.
Liu Guoliang said: “The significance of this World Table Tennis Championship is extraordinary. In addition to being a World Table Tennis Championship, it is also the 50th anniversary of China-US’ping pong diplomacy.’ 50 years ago,’ping pong diplomacy’ laid a good foundation. 50 years later, We use action to continue, so we launched two pairs of mixed doubles this time to show fans around the world.”
In Liu Guoliang’s view, this is a kind of inheritance, “50 years is not a full stop. How to do the 2.0 version of Sino-US’ping pong diplomacy’ is a substantial step for us.”The Chinese and American mixed doubles transnational pairings, who are preparing for the World Table Tennis Championships in Houston, USA, conducted their first joint training, and the two teams also exchanged jerseys.
As for why he chose Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu, Liu Guoliang gave an explanation: “Lin Gaoyuan is left-handed and has a relatively strong doubles ability. It is more suitable to match Zhang An. Wang Manyu and Kanak are the same age, with similar ages and styles of play. Therefore, both teams have a certain impact. China and the United States each have a coach, so that they can do their best in language and off-court command.”
In Liu Guoliang’s view, this World Table Tennis Championships has a deeper meaning: “The World Table Tennis Championships should not only reflect the charm of competitive sports, but also show the charm of sports diplomacy and the exchanges between the two peoples.”
“We hope that as the host of this tournament in the United States, the athletes of the two countries will achieve good results, and the fans and fans of the two countries will set off a ping-pong craze, and let everyone revisit the important contributions brought by the 50th anniversary of China-US’ping-pong diplomacy’. .”
Liu Guoliang was interviewed. Video editor Xu Chuli Source: World Table Tennis Federation (01:56)
In fact, table tennis has always played an important role in Sino-US relations.
When Sino-US relations were cold in 2019, the National Table Tennis Team was invited by the US Olympic Committee and the US Table Tennis Association to conduct a 20-day joint training session with the US National Table Tennis Association.
Liu Guoliang said at the time that the Chinese table tennis team’s visit to the United States is “three birds with one stone”, that is, training, promotion and inheritance.
“The joint training of Chinese and American athletes will not only improve the level, but more importantly, it will help to better promote the sport of table tennis to the United States and to the world. As a big country in table tennis, China is responsible for promoting table tennis. develop.”
“Generations of table tennis players in the two countries have jointly laid a good foundation, and the Chinese and American table tennis diplomatic culture will definitely be passed on from generation to generation.”
At that time, Zhang Ping, the Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles, also said that table tennis has a close relationship with the development of Sino-US relations. Table tennis diplomacy has played an important role in opening the door to Sino-US relations. He hoped that the Chinese table tennis team’s visit to the United States can continue to carry forward and inherit. The spirit of ping-pong diplomacy has contributed to the enhancement of mutual understanding and friendship between the people of China and the United States.
Now, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of China-US “Ping Pong Diplomacy”, version 2.0 of “Ping Pong Diplomacy” is also being promoted step by step in Liu Guoliang’s plan.Return to Sohu to see more
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