Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, August 23. The Chinese Table Tennis Association reported on the 23rd that the Chinese table tennis team will not form a team to participate in the 2021 Asian Table Tennis Championships to be held in Qatar from September 28 to October 5. The national table tennis players will immediately participate in the 14th National Games after completing the isolation for returning from the Olympics.
Qin Zhijian, secretary general of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, said that after completing the Tokyo Olympic Games, the national table tennis players will not only return to their local teams to participate in the National Games, but also prepare for a series of events such as the Houston World Table Tennis Championships and Table Tennis Super League. The task is heavy.
Qin Zhijian said that the National Games table tennis competition will be held from September 17 to 26, and the Asian Championships will open on September 28. The interval is very short. Combined with the current flight situation, it is difficult for the national table tennis team to arrive in Qatar as scheduled. Participate. At the same time, the current global epidemic situation is still severe, and there are greater risks in participating in international travel. If participating in the Asian Championships, participants will need to be isolated for a period of time after returning to the country, which will affect the national team’s next event plan, especially the preparation and training for the Houston World Table Tennis Championships, which is not conducive to the training and development of young players. Therefore, the coaching staff of the Men’s and Women’s National Table Tennis Team decided not to participate in this Asian Championship after a comprehensive study and judgment from the perspective of the team as a whole.
The head coach of the National Table Tennis Women’s Team, Li Sun, said that not participating in the Asian Championships will have little impact on the Chinese team. “This year’s Asian Championship is mainly used as a qualifying match for the Chengdu World Table Tennis Championships next year. As the host, we have already qualified for the competition.”
“After completing the Olympic mission, the team members must first adjust their bodies, and then fully prepare for the National Games and the World Table Tennis Championships. Not going to the Asian Championships is the best choice for the team to prepare for the game.” Li Sun said.
At present, the teams that are still in isolation are still undergoing continuous physical training, hoping to meet the National Games in a better state. Qin Zhijian said: “After the isolation, the team members will return to their respective local teams to prepare for the National Games.”
Qin Zhijian revealed that the Chinese Table Tennis Association plans to hold the 2021 Table Tennis Super League in October, hoping to train young players through the platform of the Table Tennis Super League, after which the team will enter the Houston World Table Tennis Championship preparations.
After the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese table tennis team also started preparations for the Paris Olympic cycle. Both Qin Zhijian and Li Sun expressed their hope that in the second half of the year, especially in the World Table Tennis Championships, new and old players can start to compete again, and they also look forward to more young athletes.
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