Table tennis star Ai-chan marries Taiwanese boyfriend | Japantimes

Table tennis players Ai Fukuhara (left) and Chiang Hung-chieh have gotten married. | KYOD

Rio Games bronze medalist Ai Fukuhara, who is a national icon of Japan, has tied the knot with her Taiwanese boyfriend Chiang Hung-chieh, who is also an Olympic table tennis player, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Fukuhara had told people close to her that she and Chiang, both 27, would register their marriage after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, adding she would continue as a table tennis player even after the marriage, the sources said.

Fukuhara, called affectionately “Ai-chan” by her fans, had publicly admitted being in a relationship with Chiang.

She started playing the sport at the age of 3 and Ai-chan soon became a household name in Japan as she became famous as a child table tennis prodigy.

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