The Tokyo Olympics will be the hardest Olympics ever for the China Team.
The Hardest Olympics Ever
The Chinese coaches are very stressed!
Welcome back to PingSunday. Table Tennis tutorial every Sunday. Today, I will answer many of your questions like:
- Why Xu Xin is not selected for the Men Single?
- Why Zhou Qihao is not selected to go to Tokyo?
- Why Liu Shiwen is not selected to play in the Women Single? Why Sun Yingsha is selected?
- Why Wang Chuqin is a substitute player, but not Lin Gaoyuan, or Zhou Qihao?
The aim of China in the Tokyo Olympics?
Liu Guoliang, president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, has made it clear that China aims for all five table tennis golds at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The biggest problem for China is, there are so many good players. Who we should choose to go to Japan?
China never lacks great players in table tennis but it’s never an easy decision. Who to choose?
This is the video:
Consistency is the key
The Chinese table tennis legend Deng Yaping has a proposition. She said.
“It’s gonna be a hard call to make, choosing for the national team, because there are two standards to be considered. One is to pick the best players and the other is to pick the most consistent players. In this case, consistency beats goodness.”
The voting system
The selection is clear. The Chinese coaches have voted for the players. Special thanks to Jonathan Michel who has helped me to translate the Chinese coach’s meeting.
So the voting is open. We will hear first the advice of the coaches, and then the Grand Slam players.
The Olympics of Mima Ito
In the Tokyo Olympics, the main opponent of the China Team is “Mima Ito”. They called this Olympic is the “Mima Ito Olympics”. This Olympics will happen in Tokyo, the homeland of Japan. So it is very hard. The most difficult Olympic for China Team.
Why Sun Yingsha, but not Liu Shiwen?
21-year-old Sun Yingsha has been known for her aggressive way of playing. She’s confident, decisive, and never afraid of confronting Japan’s Mima Ito, one of the major rivals for China. That’s why she is chosen.
Compare with Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng has more complete skills. Sometimes, she seems to lack confidence as well. The good news is that Chen Meng has been improving. Her performance in recent competitions is very good. At least for the moment, she’s China’s most reliable choice to take on Mima Ito.
As for the two veterans, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning, things are also different. Ding Ning has retired. Liu Shiwen can’t win Mima Ito. Her performance is very bad recently. She is not consistent.
Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling all lost to Mima Ito in the Swedish Open in 2018. By contrast, Chen Meng has never lost to Ito and Sun Yingsha claimed five wins out of six matches against her. China’s goal for table tennis in Tokyo is to win all five gold medals.
For the men’s team
Grand Slam winner Ma Long leads the Chinese men’s team, along with world No. 1 Fan Zhendong and doubles specialist Xu Xin.
Wang Chuqin is chosen as a substitute player. His performance recently is very good. Zhou Qihao is not selected. The winning score versus the international player is very important.
Coach Yin Xiao: For the men’s team, my list is Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, and Xu Xin.
Zhou Qihao lost to Timo Boll.
Why China will have difficulties in Tokyo
Coach Liu said:
Tokyo Olympics is a completely different Olympics. There are too many uncertainties and unknown challenges.
The number of unknown difficulties is not comparable and referable to the previous Olympics.
Do not use the previous Olympic experience to make empirical mistakes, make the most difficult plans to give athletes more challenges to increase team strength, cohesion, and team spirit.
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.