Oriental Sports Daily. The world of table tennis as of now seemed to be in a transition phase as younger players are slowly grabbing the limelight from the older ones. However, Liu Guoliang still has his eyes on Germany in the future but not anymore on Timo Boll but with Dimitrij Ovtcharov.
In most teams nowadays, younger players are really making their presence felt in the arena. In China, Zhang Jike, Ma Long and Xu Xin are already replacing the older players Ma Lin, Wang Hao and Wang Liqin. This is also the same with Japan and South Korea.
In Europe, Timo Boll has been a real threat to Chinese and Asian domination. But recently, the 24-year old German, Dimitrij Ovtcharov has really proven his worth in table tennis. In the 2012 London Olympics, Ovtcharov has made his presence felt amidst all the other strong players as he clinched the bronze medal.
With this, it will not be that surprising if Ovtcharov will follow the footsteps or even exceed Timo Boll. This makes Liu Guoliang feeling weary again in the future as Dimitrij Ovtcharov can be their biggest threat in the future.
Of course, Ovtcharov won't be able to achieve what he achieved if not for his hard work and according to Liu Guoliang, Dimitrij actually trains really hard, harder than other European players.
"Ovtchaorv really loves to play and is one of the European players who really trains the hardest. With the club system in Europe, he often practices by himself. If he has time, he do some researches." Liu Guoliang revealed, expressing his appreciation on the young German.
While Ovtcharov is one of the few European athletes who trains hard, his teammate Timo Boll seems to have much shorter time in training. After hearing that Timo Boll only trains an hour everyday, the Chinese Team cannot believe it and verified the information.
"According to the confirmations, Boll only has one lesson a day and it doesn't exceed one and a half hour. Despite that, he is still capable of playing tough in the arena. European players are like this. When they need to rest, they rest. If they are in vacation, then they will in vacation. They never force themselves and nobody forces them." Liu Guoliang concluded with appreciation.
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