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Wang Liqin's Participation In The 2016 Olympics Is Unrealistic (Videos)

Wang Liqin's Participation In The 2016 Olympics Is Unrealistic (Videos)
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The presence of the three-time world champion and Shanghai veteran Wang Liqin was seen during the final stage of the 2013 World Championships Squad Trials not as a player but as an audience. According to head coach Liu Guoliang, it is unrealistic to prepare Wang Liqin for the 2016 Rio Olympics that is why he did not qualify in the competition. However, the head coach clarified that Wang Liqin can still actually play in Paris. 

 

Beijing Times. The last stage of the 2013 World Championships Squad Trials of the Chinese Team progressed without the participation of the three-time world champion and veteran Wang Liqin. However, according to head coach Liu Guoliang, Wang Liqin still can play in Paris. 

The final stage of the 2013 World Championship Squad Trials was carried out in Zhenjiang last March 1 until the 5th where Ma Lin, Wang Hao, Hao Shuai, Zhang Jike, Xu Xin, Ma Long, Chen Qi, Yan An and Fan Zhendong all participated in the competition. 

It is worth noting that the 34-year old veteran and three-time world champion Wang Liqin was not among the enlisted players. Together with Shanghai's coach Xi Minjie, Wang Liqin's presence was still seen in the venue. 

According to the new head coach of the Chinese Team, Liu Guoliang, Wang Liqin was not able to play for the final stage of the trials because of three reasons: he did not qualify from the second stage of the trials, he did not as well win in the online voting, and the coaching staff actually gave the last two seats to younger players. 

"With his age, preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics is actually unrealistic." Liu Guoliang added. 

After the five-day trials, players completing the lineup of the Chinese Men's Team for the Men's Singles in Paris were eventually identified. They are Xu Xin, Zhang Jike, Ma Long, Yan An and Wang Hao. According to Liu Guoliang, these names especially the first four will be the focus of subsequent trainings as they are considered to be the future of the Chinese Team. 

However, that doesn't totally mean that Wang Liqin has lost his chance to play in the 2013 World Championships in Paris. 

"We still haven't considered the lineups for the Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles. As long as Wang Liqin will still have the desire to compete, we will certainly consider him. He has been the benchmark of the team. Regardless of his position, he will always give his best." Liu Guoliang concluded. 

Since it is quite clear that Wang Liqin won't be playing in the Men's Singles in Paris and most especially in the 2016 Olympics, here are his last moments in the world championships and in the Olympics. 

Wang Liqin vs Zhang Jike 2011 WTTC Rotterdam MS QF
video kindly shared by janus770

Wang Liqin vs Ma Lin 2008 Olympics MS SF
video kindly shared by TableTennisSports

Photo source: ent.163.com

 

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