27 Mar 2019

Get to know Korean star Lee Sangsu a little better ahead of his highly anticipated appearance at the upcoming Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships with part three of our Q&A series.

One of the standout names of the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships, Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu toppled some of the sport’s finest players in Düsseldorf, beating the likes of Zhang Jike, Vladimir Samsonov and Wong Chun Ting on his way to an outstanding bronze medal finish at the event.

A winner of two Men’s Singles titles on the ITTF World Tour, formerly known as the ITTF Pro Tour, Lee Sangsu has represented his country on the biggest of stages including the Olympic Games, World Team Championships and the Men’s World Cup and will offer up a major challenge at the upcoming World Championships in Budapest from Sunday 21st to Sunday 28th April.

Q) What inspired you to start playing table tennis?

A) My father was running a table tennis club, so I just started for fun.

Q) What is your biggest tournament success so far?

A) The most successful tournament for me was the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships. I finished in 3rd place in both the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles.

Lee Sangsu pictured celebrating at the 2017 World Championships (Photo: Rémy Gros)


Q) Do you have any hobbies you enjoy in your spare time?

A) My hobby is listening to music, especially Hip Hop or Dance music!

Q) Who is your favourite athlete?

A) Ryu Seungmin and NBA star Stephen Curry

Q) If you could be a super hero, which one would you choose?

A) I’ve never thought about that but if I could have a superpower I would wish to fly with my wife to travel anywhere.

Q) What are your favourite foods, drinks and movies?

A) Food: Kimchi Stew. Drink: Pocari Sweat [sports drink]. Movie: Action, Musical

Q) Have you ever visited Budapest?

A) I’ve never been to Budapest but I heard that the city has a beautiful night view. I wish to see the night view in good places.

Q) What would you say to the fans – why should they attend the World Championships?

A) I know that many people love table tennis and I would like to repay it with the best performance possible. The World Table Tennis Championships is the best table tennis tournament which is participated by top players and there will be many great matches!

Be sure to purchase your tickets for the Liebherr 2019 World Table Tennis Championships to see whether or not Lee Sangsu can take home another medal in Budapest:


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