By Neha Aggarwal
Ma Long defeated Zhang Jike to win the finals in the men’s singles, and in the finals of the team event, he was the top player who won both his matches against Japan to win the prestigious crown for China. The shirt in which he accomplished these historic feats now hangs proud at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Olympic Museum was inaugurated in Lausanne on 23 June 1993, by the then-IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, giving life to the dreams of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games.
According to the IOC, “The Museum is not about collections! It’s about an idea: Olympism. Indeed, The Olympic Museum’s vocation is to let people discover the Olympic Movement, witnessing its essential contribution to society, and to transmit the Olympic values beyond the celebration of the Games and competitions.”
Ma Long’s shirt is special, it not only signifies Olympic success, but in its true essence, it signifies hard work, passion, commitment and perseverance.
And that is what the Olympics is all about; it is a philosophy, a way of life.
Thank you Ma Long for the generosity!
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