Ding Ning And Liu Shiwen Will Not Compete In China’s Olympic Test Event!

Ding Ning’s name will be absent from the entry list in Lingshui (Photo: ITTF)

Two of China’s biggest players will be absent from a major test event with Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen opting out.

The Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA) is holding a tournament for all the top Chinese table tennis players next month in Lingshui, Hainan province. An event designed to evaluate all the players’ training over the past six months, the tournament also acts as a key preparation for next year’s World Table Tennis Championships.

Olympic Champion Ding Ning, who is ranked sixth in the ITTF World Rankings table, and current World Champion Liu Shiwen, won’t be participating at the Test event.

With a total of 43 female table tennis players taking part in China’s Olympic Test event, this news comes as quite a shock. However, the head coach of the women’s table tennis team, Li sun, has suggested that Ding Ning will be using this period to adjust her fitness and form:

“The Tokyo Olympics postponement has affected everyone’s preparation. We have trained for five months, which had a huge impact on our veterans. They have laid out a specific plan about training and adjustment over the coming days.” – Li Sun

The head coach also went on to talk about Liu Shiwen and her elbow injury:

“She has recently undergone surgery and is in the rehab process.” – Li Sun

World Champion Liu Shiwen is currently nursing an elbow injury (Photo: ITTF)

Disappointing news for Chinese table tennis fans, but Li Sun hopes the athletes involved in the Test event will treat it as an event of the highest quality:

“Hopefully everyone can take it as the real Olympic Games, especially for our young athletes, who can fully showcase themselves in the absence of the two veterans.” – Li Sun

Source: China Daily

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