No table cleaning in Tokyo Olympic Games

9 days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games, influenced by COVID-19, this year’s table tennis rules are harsh: players are not allowed to touch the table with their hands or towels, and players are not allowed to play the ball.

This new regulation may bring a big challenge to the Chinese team. The warm-up match held in Weihai, Shandong Province last week truly simulated the competition links and requirements of the East Olympic Games. As a result, Ma long, the national table tennis team leader, won two yellow cards in a day for habitually wiping the sweaty table with his hands. Fan Zhendong, Liu Shiwen and other top national table tennis players also said that they were “not adapted” to the new rules, but they could understand it from the perspective of epidemic prevention and safety. While trying to adapt, they would adjust their mentality and control the rhythm of the game in time to avoid being affected by the new rules.

Recently, Liu Guoliang, chairman of the China Table Tennis Association, also said in an interview that many difficulties and changes, including the new epidemic prevention regulations such as “no touching the table and blowing the ball”, have made the preparation for the Olympic Games “extremely difficult”. However, after a period of adjustment, “the Chinese table tennis team is ready and will only wait for the soldiers to go to Tokyo.”

Tokyo Olympic Games give China table tennis a problem, Table Tennis Association Chairman Liu Guoliang response

On July 11, the Chinese table tennis team returned to Beijing after a 40 day sprint closed training in Weihai and will charter a flight to Tokyo, Japan, to officially start the journey of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Liu Guoliang, chairman of the China Table Tennis Association, said that China’s table tennis team has experienced many difficulties in preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, CCTV News reported on the 13th. “For example, affected by the epidemic, players are not allowed to touch the table with their hands, including blowing air.”

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China make complaints about the news that micro-blog’s hot search immediately drew thousands of Chinese netizens to Tucao, and they questioned the East Austrian jumping and formality epidemic prevention standards. The hot comments commented: “let the athletes who have been separated from the countries have not been isolated, and they will not be able to touch sports equipment during the movement. What is the logic?” Is it difficult to swim in a pool for one person and change the water for disinfection after one match

Tokyo Olympic Games give China table tennis a problem, Table Tennis Association Chairman Liu Guoliang response

Moreover, since all kinds of table tennis matches have been resumed gradually under COVID-19, there has never been any “Prohibition of touch and blowing” for epidemic prevention.

In 2020, the ITTF competition was restarted in China. At that time, the “bubble competition” mode was adopted, that is, all relevant personnel participating in the competition should be trained and competed in a relatively isolated environment after strict epidemic prevention and testing.