Ma Long, a legend in China, did not play in the World Cup in Houston. Now, the Tokyo Olympic gold champion is making a comeback on the international stage.
Ma Long will return in January 2022
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The 33-year-old is one of the elite athletes competing in the WTT Champions Macao 2021 Stars of China, which will take place in the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion from January 19 to 23, 2022. There will be no world ranking points granted because the tournament is not part of the official WTT schedule.
Ma Long took it easy on the international stage after his victory in Tokyo. You couldn’t find the name of the two-time Olympic champion on the list of competitors at any WTT tournament.
The last time the world number two competed was at the China-internal World Cup qualifying competition, where he was defeated in the final by his compatriot Fan Zhendong. Ma Long has returned to the concert of the greats after a long pause.
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WTT Champions Macao 2021
Last year, the WTT Champions Macao 2021 Stars of China were announced. However, many players living outside of mainland China have found it impossible to participate due to the coronavirus outbreak. China is currently entering the race with a world-class team that includes seven outstanding athletes.
It’s great news for fun because Ma Long will come back. Some players think that Ma Long will retire very soon.
Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong, Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu, and Liu Shiwen, as well as rising prospects Wang Chuqin and Liang Jingkun, are among the players.
Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Ho Kwan Kit, the Netherlands’ Li Jie, Poland’s Li Qian, and Macau’s Zhang Zicheng and Zhang Zijun, should bolster the top-tier group of competitors.
Ma Long wants a top-ranked tournament to inspire his fans
“The Chinese team will practice in Macau in March 2022, and the WTT made its debut appearance in Macau last year, where we were struck by the local audience’s enthusiasm and support for table tennis.
Ma Long said:
I’m excited to see the world-class sport in Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, which will hold a table tennis festival for Macau enthusiasts.
“It’s time for me to return to my beloved table tennis arena and motivate my supporters,” Ma Long said after a period of getting acquainted with the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
32 men’s singles, 32 women’s singles, and 16 mixed doubles will compete in the WTT Macao 2021 Champions of China. On the WTT platforms, fans from all around the world may watch the competition live. More information is available on the WTT tournament page.
Here is the full video, that Ma Long, Xu Xin are training at the WTT Macao.
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