Ma Long shares top tips during Covid-19 lockdown

(Photo: ITTF)

China’s very own Ma Long needs very little introduction to table tennis players and fans across the globe.

“The Dragon” as he is sometimes referred to, currently the reigning Olympic and World champion and arguably one of the best table tennis players in the history of the sport, reflects upon some of the positives he has taken from the lockdown period in an interview with CGTN:

“The COVID-19 pandemic indeed influenced the arrangement of our preparation for the World Team Table Tennis Championships and the Tokyo Olympic Games…

… However, it also provided me with the opportunity to recover from injuries and maintain a good mentality. I can take the time to adjust to the best shape of my body.” – Ma Long

With the top three table tennis players in the world (including Ma) all representing China, the Asian nation are a truly dominant force. It comes as no surprise then, that China’s chief coach, Liu Guoliang, has been appointed as Chair of the newly-formed World Table Tennis Council, to help shape the future of the sport.

Liu coached Ma Long to various significant successes on the ITTF circuit, and the latter added his congratulations in regard to the appointment:

“It’s a great opportunity for professionalism and marketisation of table tennis. The value and influence of players will be improved. China, who always has a say in the world’s table tennis arena, can now lead world table tennis to a higher stage.” – Ma Long

Ma Long continues to challenge the very best at the top (Photo: ITTF)

Being the world-famous table tennis player that he is, Ma Long is more than qualified to offer tips regarding the sport. However, it hasn’t always been easy for the 31-year-old, especially having to deal with upsets against teenage superstars like Lin Jun-Yu and Tomokazu Harimoto in recent years:

“The most important thing is to get fully-prepared before each game. I always keep adjusting my physical, skill, and mental condition with my coach.” – Ma Long

Ma also discussed the importance of ‘down-time and how he personally likes to relax, but also how the lockdown period has given him time to be with his family again:

“As a professional player, it’s normal to travel around to play and have less time to spend with families. Therefore, I appreciate the understanding and support of my family…

… Each player has their unique way to relax during their spare time, and for me, I love reading, listening to music, and watching movies.” – Ma Long

Source: CGTN

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