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China’s tough selection highlights likely table tennis domination

China’s table tennis team travel to Rio de Janeiro under a cloud of controversy as fans lament that even being the world champion does not guarantee a coveted Olympic singles spot in one of the world’s most competitive sporting teams.

The failure of world number one Liu Shiwen to clinch one of China’s two spots in the competition was greeted with an outcry at home described by local news outlet Sina Sports as “one of the most tragic things to happen to the Chinese women’s team in the last 20 years”. The tough selection – which fell to defending London champion Li Xiaoxia and world number two Ding Ning – also underlines how China is likely to once again dominate the medal tables at Rio as it did in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The failure of world number one Liu Shiwen to clinch one of China’s two spots in the competition was greeted with an outcry at home described by local news outlet Sina Sports as “one of the most tragic things to happen to the Chinese women’s team in the last 20 years”.

The tough selection – which fell to defending London champion Li Xiaoxia and world number two Ding Ning – also underlines how China is likely to once again dominate the medal tables at Rio as it did in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

 “That’s a crazy story in itself that the world’s best ranked player won’t be playing in the singles event, but that just shows the strength of the Chinese team,” Matthew Pound, from the sport’s governing body, the International Table Tennis Federation, told Reuters.

Source: PREVIEW-Table tennis-China’s tough selection highlights likely domination

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