26 Aug 2016

The Rio Olympic Games was another success story for the Chinese Table Tennis Team, following their clean sweep of all gold medals. After a few days of rest since returning to China, the delegation had its courtesy call to the Chinese President. Ma Long, the Olympic champion, was very honoured and proud of such precious chance to meet the leader of their country.

By Henry Chen

The Chinese National Anthem was sang in all four events of the table tennis circuit in the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games. It was once again a validation of the strength of China in the sport.

Yesterday, August 25th, the Chinese Olympic delegation in table tennis and other sports had their courtesy call to the President of China, Xi Jinping.

The Chinese Olympic delegation with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Chinese Olympic delegation with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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“It’s a great honor for me to meet President Xi,” Ma Long said. “I am so proud of being a member of the Chinese team. Many matches still await us. I have already been back to physical training. And I have to set a new goal in thought. We’ve got many attentions during Rio. Thanks to all the fans for the support!”

Ma Long secured two gold medals in the Rio Olympic Games, winning the Singles and Team events.


Aside from their meeting with the Chinese President, some members of the Chinese Team also hung out recently with the famous Chinese actress, Li Bingbing.

Grand Slam champions Ma Long & Zhang Jike with Li Bingbing. (Photo from Sina Sports)
Chinese champions and the ladies. (Photos from Sina Sports)
Groufie shot by actress Li with Ma Lin, Wang Hao, Ma Long & Zhang Jike (Photo from Sina Sports)
Head coach Liu Guoliang joins in the groufie. (Photo from Sina Sports)
The 2016 Olympic champion Ma Long with actress Li Bingbing. (Photo from Sina Sports)
2016 Olympic silver medalist Zhang Jike with actress Li. (Photo from Sina Sports)
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