Table tennis world champ won't play singles at Tokyo Games

Sports | 18 May 2021

Table tennis world champion Liu Shiwen has been left out of China's women's singles lineup for the Tokyo Olympics.

The 30-year-old, who won a team title as China swept all four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Games, will instead play doubles and team events in Tokyo.

China announced a six-member squad, with Olympic champion Ma Long and world No 1 Fan Zhendong the two men's singles players. Top-ranked Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha were named for the women's singles.

"There are too many unsure things and challenges, and we need a squad full of experience and confidence, adding to top-class individual skills," Chinese Table Tennis Association chief Liu Guoliang said.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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