Liu Guoliang:The new competition system still needs to be considered, but table tennis must be innovative

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Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, November 30 (Reporters Su Bin, Cao Jianjie) As the Macau International Table Tennis Tournament came to an end, the World Table Tennis Professional League (WTT) completed its debut. Chairman of the WTT Council and Chairman of the Chinese Table Tennis Association Liu Guoliang said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency reporters on the 30th that the competition had highlights and creativity, and The process of change and innovation needs continuous improvement, and gradually explore the path of innovation in table tennis.

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On November 24, Liu Guoliang, Chairman of the World Table Tennis Professional League (WTT) Council, answered questions from the media. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhang Jinjia

“On the whole, I feel that there are many bright spots and ideas.” Liu Guoliang said that as the first WTT competition in Macau, he hopes to show a different arena for professional table tennis. , Stage and competition system, and there will definitely be flaws in the process of change and innovation, and will continue to be improved.

Liu Guoliang said that the lighting, sound and colors in the stadium present a sense of fashion and youth, which is quite cool and feels like a show. In terms of competition system and scoring method, this competition is different from other current table tennis competitions.”Of course I want to change for the better, but any change cannot be separated from the nature of the sport. The fans and fans who have been following for a long time have their own game watching habits, and the players have their own habits.”

“In general I think the idea is good, and I want to be innovative in the direction, but whether it is suitable for table tennis matches, this requires everyone to consider, including the feelings of players and fans.” Liu Guoliang said that at least the courage to innovate is good.

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WTT Macau International:Chinese player Ma Long in the competition. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhang Jinjia

“After all, this is a test match. The real WTT competition will start next year. We welcome your valuable comments and suggestions from players, media, sponsors, fans and fans. And gradually explored a path of innovation.”

“Ping pong must be changed and must be innovated. Otherwise, it will be difficult to promote professional, commercial and industrial development in the future. The biggest issue is left to all table tennis players.” Liu Guoliang said, the most important thing is that during the tournament, regardless of players, media or teams, everyone can work like a big family to draw a blueprint for the future of table tennis in the world, and put forward ideas and suggestions. .

From the Weihai Men’s and Women’s Table Tennis World Cup, to the Zhengzhou Finals, to the WTT Macau Championship, the international table tennis tournaments that had been suspended for 8 months due to the epidemic have announced their return.

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The 2020 ITTF Women’s World Cup kicked off in Weihai, Shandong. China Table Tennis Association Chairman Liu Guoliang (front row left) and ITTF CEO Denton (front row right) celebrate the restart of the game. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhu Zheng

“The restart of international competitions this month has allowed the world to see the determination and direction of table tennis people want to change, and let everyone see hope. Continue to promote the sport in this period , Has historical and strategic significance.” Liu Guoliang said,”Restart let the world table tennis see the future, let fans see the charm of this sport, let the players find the goal and direction of hard work.”

Liu Guoliang said frankly that from the inception of the idea of ​​restarting the international table tennis tournament in China to the actual landing of the tournament, unimaginable efforts have been made in all aspects and links in the past few months.

“After the game, the players and coaches said to me face to face, thank China for its efforts, thank the China Table Tennis Association for its contribution to the world table tennis, I am very touched. Everyone from Express gratitude from the heart, feel happy and happy, this is our special contribution in a special period.” Liu Guoliang said.

Text editor:Wang Chujie

New media editor:Wang Haoyu

Issue:Shen Nan

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