Chinese Table Tennis Team Joins The Communist Party (Photos)

Chinese Table Tennis Team joins the Communist Party (PHOTOS)
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Noon of June 27, the Chinese Women Team held a swearing-in ceremony for the new members of the Communist Party of China. Head coach Shi Zhihao, along with the three Olympic delegates Li Xiaoxia, Ding Ning, and Guo Yue all showed up in the event to have their oaths as they formally joined the Communist Party of China.

The Chinese Communist Party is the governing body in the People's Republic of China. In Chinese history, most of the remarkable Chinese people who had great achievements in their fields were admitted as part of the institution.   

Table Tennis is no exception, and their player and coaches give a lot of importance to join the Communist Party. Two of the most well known examples are the Chinese Men Team head coach Liu Guoliang and the Women Team coach Kong Linghui. Liu Guoliang has been a member of the Communist Party for fourteen years now. For him, the Party has really helped him in his career as a player and as a coach. 

This year, Chinese Women Team's Ding Ning, Li Xiaoxia, Guo Yue and head coach Shi Zhihao joined the institution. They formally had their oaths last June 27. 

The 24-year old Li Xiaoxia and the 20-year old Ding Ning will represent China in the Olympic Singles while the 24-year old Guo Yue will be the third person of the team. The London Olympics will be the first participation of Li Xiaoxia and Ding Ning while it will be the third for Guo Yue.

As this is a great honor for Chinese athletes, excitement could be seen in the faces of the three new members of the Communist Party. In an interview, Li Xiaoxia said: "I am very pleased and honored to officially join the Communist Party before the Olympics. I will impose higher requirements on myself, hoping a wonderful performance in London." 

Women Team coaches Kong Linghui and Yan Sen also attended the ceremony.

Late last month, nine members of the Chinese Table Tennis Team became probationary members of the Party. In addition to the three ladies mentioned, men team's Zhang Jike, Ma Long and Xu Xin were also listed

Men Team head coach Liu Guoliang once said that it is with a great degree of honor that his players will become new members of the Party. As a member himself, Liu Guoliang said about his disciples joining the Party: "the high standard of discipline of a Communist will help them greatly in their career. They will strive to do better than before."

Chinese Team joins Communist Party

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Table Tennis was banned in the USSR from ca 1930 to 1950 because it was believed to be harmful to the eyes

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