Since the entry of table tennis in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and until the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese Team has already won 20 gold medals out of the total number of 24. With such results, China is undoubtedly the team to beat in London.
According to BBC, the British actually believes that they have early on invented the sport of Table Tennis. In fact, when the Olympic torch was passed to the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, he said: "This time, Table Tennis will return to its home." However, against the strong momentum from China and other Asian countries, can London put those words into reality?
Boris Johnson Claimed Table Tennis to be invented by the British
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In an interview of the Chinese Team in Leeds, Chinese Team's leader Huang Biao admitted: "We have the strength to win the gold medal. Such belief is for all four events. Our athletes will all try their best to play in their best level." Chinese Team's leader Huang Biao said confidently.
The Chinese Team has long before prepared for this competition. Their trainings was so comprehensive which included an adaptive training in the University of Leeds. The stadium created an atmosphere similar with the real Olympic Stadium in London. In addition, the tables used by the Chinese Team were even shipped from China.
"Since we arrived in Leeds, our food, housing, training, everything was going smoothly." Huang Biao commented.
In addition, despite confidence to clinch the gold medals, China has its eyes on their strong opponents as well. "Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, and other countries whose players rank in the world's top 16 are our strongest competitors." Huang Biao concluded.
Now that we have heard the words of the Chinese Team and saw their confidence, it may seem that Table Tennis will just be merely returning "home" in London. But speaking of the gold medals, it seems that those might be going home to China.
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