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Why Zhang Jike did not participate in the Tokyo Olympics

When it comes to Zhang Jike, I believe everyone is familiar with this name. The most outstanding of the global table tennis, Grand Slam players, completed the Grand Slam in just 445 days, creating an almost unheard record. So, why didn’t Zhang Jike compete in the Olympics in Tokyo? Is Zhang Jike truly expelled from the national team? Why is Zhang Jike known as the Tibetan Mastiff?


China Team for the Tokyo Olympics

As we all know, China is a powerhouse in table tennis. Many players who are unable to play for their province can win the title on behalf of their country when they travel to Europe. With the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, many people have discovered that there is no Zhang Jike in these Olympics, but the men’s team lineup for the Tokyo Olympics has been determined. Ma Long, Xu Xin, and Fan Zhendong are their names.

Ma Long is the best player at the Tokyo Olympics
Ma Long is the best player at the Tokyo Olympics

Ma Long has made a full recovery from his injuries. Although he did not compete in the men’s singles at the Tokyo Olympic simulation tournament, his performance in the team competition was highly encouraging. No one can take Xu Xin’s status as the king of double games. Although Fan Zhendong’s men’s singles failed to live up to pre-match expectations, the team competition was a success. In the same year, he competed in the competition and was Ma Long’s replacement.

Zhang Jike is the Grand Slam table tennis player
Zhang Jike is the Grand Slam table tennis player


Why didn’t Zhang Jike compete in the Olympics in Tokyo?

Why didn’t Zhang Jike, who defeated the world’s unbeatable player, take part this time? Zhang Jike, age 33, has retired? In truth, Zhang Jike has not retired but has essentially retired as of 2021. According to an insider, Zhang Jike, who suffered from a congenital lumbosacral fissure during the Tokyo Olympics, was afflicted by serious injuries, the quality of his veneer was severely impaired, and he was unable to compete. The back injury will reoccur at any time as the number of training rises.

Zhang Jike with his famous reverse pendulum serve
Zhang Jike with his famous reverse pendulum serve

Furthermore, the Chinese men’s team follows an unwritten tradition. An individual can only compete in Olympic singles three times, usually twice, and only Wang Hao competes in three singles. As a result, even if Zhang Jike recovers and resumes competing, he will not be able to qualify for the Olympic Games on his own merit.

Zhang Jike and Ma Long are the golden age of table tennis
Zhang Jike and Ma Long are the golden age of table tennis


Zhang Jike comes back in 2021

Zhang Jike has made some demonstrations, this year 2021. Zhang Jike and Ding Ning are invited to the table tennis competition of the Federation of Trade Unions.

Although he has been away from the stadium for a long time, Zhang Jike’s figure is really good, and he looks like a very self-disciplined person.

Zhang Jike during an exhibition match 2021
Zhang Jike during an exhibition match 2021

Zhang Jike is well-known for his backhand. But his forehand is very good too. His forehand is short and explosive. The hand is pulling the arm just to stop in front of him, the movement is clean and tidy. It can be regarded as Zhang Jike’s unique forehand feature.

Zhang Jike has a high quality forehand topspin
Zhang Jike has a high-quality forehand topspin


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