Last year, a South Korean Court, denied a couple to adopt a child from China citing an invalid reason for adoption.They wanted to adopt the child to make her a national player of South Korea.this is only an example, of what a country can do to a sport if it becomes invincible.Chinese table tennis presents a perfect example of this.It has been dominating the game since it was introduced in Olympics.
ITTF, in past, has framed rules to speed up the game such as 11 point rule where point system was reduced from 21 to 11. Well, it did meet its objective.But, Chinese described this as a rule purely made to break Chinese dominance. everything went well as imagined
Sport is a social tool for the progress of human kind as well as a competition to win gold.China has too many good players and a tough standard for selection of players who will play for China.
Other countries such as Australia, Germany and USA who are accepting players from China must look in their house to find talent and train them to be world class players rather than importing players from other countries.they do so to perform better at Olympics and many other championships.Players born in a country would naturally like to represent his/her country but that is not always the case as we have seen many top Chinese origin players who represent a different country.
They have their reasons for doing it.Playing table tennis is their passion and not thinking about the country they represent.They are happy as long as they get a chance to play at international events.
ITTF introduced an eligibility rule for players representing another country. Players above the age of 21 will not be able to represent another country.
Let Me Play
Ni Xialian: She Played for China in 1983 then switched her nationality to represent Luxembourg at the age of 53 in Olympics.Ding Yi: Played for AustriaEugene Wang: Accepted Invitation from Canada“But I can’t forget that I’m Chinese also because I was born there. But for me I think this is very cool, a really unique experience, to be born in one country but grow up in another one.”Gui Lin, 22, who represented Brazil.“I don’t think it’s important which country you’re representing,The important thing is to be able to participate in the Olympics and demonstrate your abilities on the competition grounds.” said Li Ping representing Qatar.
Han Ying, Shan Xiaona born in China, play for Germany.