Liu Shiwen, topped singles world champion in 2019, will play the combined doubles and girls’s staff occasions (Picture by Koki Nagahama/Getty Photos)
SHANGHAI: Desk tennis world champion Liu Shiwen has been controversially omitted of China’s ladies’s singles line-up for the Tokyo Olympics and can as an alternative play doubles and staff occasions.
The 30-year-old gained a staff title as China swept all 4 gold medals on the Rio 2016 Video games, however she has by no means gained the Olympic singles crown in her trophy-laden profession.
China introduced a six-member squad on Sunday, with reigning Olympic champion Ma Lengthy and world primary Fan Zhendong the 2 males’s singles gamers.
Liu, topped singles world champion in 2019, will play the combined doubles and girls’s staff occasions. World primary Chen Meng and Solar Yingsha had been named for the ladies’s singles.
“There are too many uncertain issues and challenges, and we’d like a squad stuffed with expertise and confidence, including to top-class particular person expertise,” Xinhua information company quoted Liu Guoliang, president of the Chinese language Desk Tennis Affiliation, as saying.
The omission of Liu, a former primary who’s now seventh on the planet, from the singles sparked heated dialogue on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, with one hashtag on the topic racking up practically 300 million views.
China are supreme in Olympic desk tennis, profitable 28 out of the 32 golds awarded to this point.
The coronavirus-postponed 2020 Olympics will happen from July 23 to August 8.