Li Jiawei, originally from China, played for Singapore in this year's World Championships.
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Some table tennis fans have complained that the lack of any potent foreign challenge to China's reign has made the sport less "interesting" in recent years. They say it even threatens the future of the game.
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Adham Sharara, president of the International Table Tennis Federation, has pushed through a resolution restricting the use of foreign players in international table tennis championship games.
Do you think the predominance of Chinese players in the field of table tennis has reduced its competitiveness and international status?
A major plus for sports fans is that they can support players from their country or region.
1. What makes a sports match exciting is that the audience can take sides and cheer for the players who come from their own countries or regions. If games in a certain category always ends up with two players from the same country competing against each other for the gold medal, the audience will lose interest.
2. The predominance of Chinese table tennis players is not good for the promotion of the game worldwide. People from other countries will lose interest watching the game. And they may not want to learn to play it. Table tennis may be the national game of China, but that is not necessarily a good thing if it means the sport will lose its international appeal.
Athletes from different countries have different strengths. Such diversity doesn't diminish the fun of sport.
1. China's strength in table tennis is the result of generations of coaches and athletes' hard work. Our current success in this field doesn't mean China will dominate the game forever. The fun of sports doesn't have to involve patriotism; the fun's also about individual performance and excellence.
2. As in soccer and basketball, it's quite natural for Chinese players to get hired by other countries to improve their performance. Such exchanges of talent will help improve the international status of the game. Chinese players don't really dominate the whole sport of table tennis. There are some very strong players from countries like South Korea, Singapore and Germany.