Tournaments

24 Jun 2017

Follow the breaking story surrounding Ma Long, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour China Open.

Tuesday 20th June

Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA) announce coaching restructure of national team. Head Coach Liu Guoliang is promoted to Vice President of CTTA.

Thursday 22nd June

Day One of the Seamaster 2017 China Open in Chengdu.

Friday 23rd June

14:40 Men’s Doubles matches commence on Day Two of Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour China Open. Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin compete and win their quarter-final doubles match.

16:00 Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin compete and lose their semi-final match in the Men’s Doubles event.

19:00 Players and coaches from China’s men’s team post to their Weibo accounts: “At this moment we have no desire to fight……all because we miss you Liu Guoliang!”

19:40 Ma Long does not show for his second round Men’s Singles match. No contact can be made with Ma Long to determine his whereabouts. The crowd at the China Open begin chanting Liu Guoliang’s name.

20:25 Fan Zhendong does not show for his second round Men’s Singles match.

21:10 Xu Xin does not show for his second round Men’s Singles match. Ma Long, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin can not be contacted via their phones and have left the official hotel.

22:00 Liu Guoliang is the top trending sport’s hashtag on Chinese social media.

22:30 Players’ and coaches’ previous Weibo posts removed.

23:00 Chinese Sports Administration release a statement condemning the actions of the athletes and coaches, calling upon CTTA to investigate and deal with the incident severely.

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