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No regrets in his career, optimistic about Chen Yufei’s victory in the Tokyo Olympics-Interview with Badminton Olympic champion Zhang Ning-Xinhuanet Sports

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“Extremely happy!” At the ceremony of entering the World Badminton Hall of Fame on the 16th, Chinese badminton star Zhang Ning always laughed.

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, June 16th, title: No regrets in his career, optimistic about Chen Yufei’s victory in the Tokyo Olympics-Interview with Badminton Olympic champion Zhang Ning

Xinhua News Agency reporters Ding Wenxian, Lin Hao, Ji Ye

“Extremely happy!” At the ceremony of entering the World Badminton Hall of Fame on the 16th, Chinese badminton star Zhang Ning always laughed. After the ceremony, she accepted an online interview with Xinhua News Agency reporters, saying that she had no regrets in her career. At the same time, she analyzed the situation of the Tokyo Olympics and supported Chen Yufei.

  The most memorable champion

He won his first world championship at the age of 28, climbed to the top of the Olympics at the age of 29, and defended the Olympic title at the age of 33…The words “late bloomer” are almost written on Zhang Ning’s resume. She also admitted that “compared to other athletes, the pressure on me may be greater.”

The most stressful time was the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A year before the Olympics, Zhang Ning’s condition fluctuated greatly due to injury. 100 days before the game, 100 milliliters of effusion was also drawn out of knee joint edema, and Achilles tendon adhesions were also drawn out. The resistance is also declining. After playing a game, I have a fever and a cold, and my body is allergic and itchy. “I can’t train and fall asleep normally every day. It’s really the kind of pain that everyone can’t feel.”

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Will the 33-year-old veteran be sent to the Olympics? There are also many voices of opposition from the outside world. “The pressure on me as a party can be imagined. My Olympic points were second in the world at the time. I am very grateful to the head coach Li Yongbo for finally resisting pressure from all quarters and making the decision to let me participate.”

In the local battle, Zhang Ning alone defended the lower half. The task entrusted to her by the team was to keep all foreign players out of the finals. Not only did she do it, she also reached the highest podium, and achieved an unprecedented Olympic championship for women’s singles players, “a successful end to her career!”

This is the most memorable championship in Zhang Ning’s career as an athlete. “Too much and too much, too hard and too difficult to experience.” But she was deeply gratified: “I have received unprecedented returns for being strong, and created a miracle that I didn’t even dare to think of at the beginning, so I am satisfied with my career and have no regrets!”

  The toughest challenge

After retiring, Zhang Ning worked as a coach for the national team, and her hard work and perseverance became a “problem.”

“Retirement transformation poses a very big challenge for me. The biggest challenge is that some team members do not understand the high-intensity training arranged by me. Some people think that you can do it, but we may not be able to do it.”

In this regard, Zhang Ning’s explanation is very simple: “Competitive sports has always been a dialogue between the strong. I always believe that no matter how hard you work, no one gains. Only if you train and sweat more, you will shed less tears in the game.”

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The identity has changed, and Zhang Ning was not happy at first. When she failed to accept the award as a coach for the first time, she felt quite disappointed. Later, I figured it out for myself. What is needed now is to pass on experience to the team members and train more world champions and Olympic champions. Whether leading the team members to win the championship or to win the gold medal, “all are important and happy.”

Recently, Zhang Ning’s focus has been on youth badminton training. The road ahead is still challenging, but her hard work has never diminished.

  The strongest opponent

In the women’s singles field where Zhang Ning had struggled, the Chinese team once had a strong dominance, but in recent years the advantages have been waning. “Back to the pattern of a hundred flowers blooming. It looks better, and it is more conducive to the development of badminton.” Zhang Ning said.

She firmly believes that the advantage of Chinese women’s singles will be regained. “In the past few decades, Chinese badminton has summarized many world-leading training methods and guiding ideologies, and all aspects have been well inherited. From grassroots sports schools to professional teams to national teams, there are very dedicated coaches. Long-term accumulation has enabled them to control a very rich education method, which is an advantage that other countries cannot match. Therefore, although we encountered some difficulties in the previous stage, it is actually a normal sports cycle. I believe that Chinese badminton can still be in the world. Achieved impressive results on stage.”

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The Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner. In terms of women’s singles, Zhang Ning’s favorite is his former disciple-“I am optimistic about Chen Yufei’s victory!” In addition, she believes that Dai Ziying of Chinese Taipei, Okuhara Hope of Japan, and Sindhu of India also have them. Championship strength.

Although many names have been listed, Zhang Ning still feels, “Every athlete’s biggest opponent should be himself first. In such an important competition as the Olympic Games, how to maintain a good attitude and ensure that the training level is always the best for the athletes. Test.”

Guoyu’s lineup for Tokyo will be very young. Zhang Ning said that young people are aggressive but relatively inexperienced. To be fully prepared for each opponent before the game, with a mentality of fighting opponents during the game, believe in yourself, and dare to fight.

“The Olympic Games are affected by the epidemic. It is indeed very different in many aspects, but everyone is affected. Moreover, China’s epidemic prevention and control effect can be said to be the best in the world, which creates better and safer conditions for the team members. Prepare for the environment. I think it is entirely possible that the Chinese team will have outstanding performance in the Olympics, and there may be a few dark horses. Let’s look forward to them winning the championship together!”

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