The recently concluded Kuwait Open was supposedly graced by the Chinese main forces. However, neither one from their team was seen competing in the Men Singles and Doubles.
Starting in January this year, the Chinese team enrolled their Fab Five - Ma Long, Zhang Jike, Wang Hao, Xu Xin and Ma Lin in the World Tour stations in Europe and Middle East. Since the results were already excellent in the first few stations, their main forces were suddenly taken out from the competition.
Team leader Huang Biao explained: "Their absence has nothing to do with injuries. Just because there is a scheduled Asian Championships in the middle of their Closed Training in Shenzhen and in order to allow their players to reserve strength for the upcoming World Championships, we decided not to send our main players in the Kuwait Open."
Because of this decision, a number of questions were raised from the organizers and the fans as well. They already know that they will attend in the Asian Championships, why did they still enroll their players in the Kuwait Open? Why did they not give the opportunity to their younger players just like what they did in the women team?
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