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    • Zhang Jike Withdraws From The 2016 China Super League!

      The Chinese Super League is the most strongest and fierce table tennis league in the world, with all the best players from China and some additional foreign players taking part. Every year Rio Olympic Champion Ma Long plays for Team Ningbo and London 2012 Olympic Champion Zhang Jike represents Team Shandong Luneng! Unfortunately due to the controversy and issues surrounding Zhang Jike and his club, Zhang Jike has decided to withdraw from this seasons China Super League.


      Ma Long's Ningbo, 2015 China Super League Champions!

      Each year TableTennisDaily follows the Chinese Super League closely with every match fixture, live stream and results. Be sure to follow all the action from this years China Super League 2016 here. Ma Long has confirmed his participation in the 2016 China Super League which begins next month on the 15th October. Last year saw an absolute showdown between Ma Long's Ningbo and Fan Zhendong's Bayi which went to the wire! Fan Zhendong secured a vital victory over Ma Long however in the fifth and final match Ningbo's Yan An secured a crucial 3-2 win over Xu Chenhao to advance Ningbo as the 2015 Chinese Super League Champions.



      Previously foreign players including Jorgen Persson, Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Joo See Hyuk and Jun Mizutani have took part in the China Super League. Will there be any additional players in the Chinese Super League this year?



      Back to the news, CCTV reporter, Li Wujun stated in his Weibo account as cited by ITTF.com that the first reason Zhang Jike withdrew from the league was due to his back injury. Secondly the leagues schedule is two matches per week which is a lot for Zhang Jike and thirdly the playing conditions. Zhang Jike sent his apology to his fans and to Club Shandong Luneng.

      Last year Shandong Luneng had issues with Zhang Jikes playing contract with Zhang Jike's initial reaction was to boycott. Zhang Jike played for Shandong throughout the season and reached the semi finals losing to Ma Long's ningbo team.

      What do you think of Zhang Jike's decision?

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      Comments 7 Comments
      1. Sali's Avatar
        Sali -
        I think it is not only this season. ZJK is thinking about retirement. This is the right time to do it. If he participate probably he will suffer many defeats and he will not be chinese hero any more.
      1. Xylit's Avatar
        Xylit -
        I also think it is a good decision to only concentrate on the big tournaments and wins to avoid running high risks of injuries. If this makes him participating longer in big events - even better for us
      1. ping fun's Avatar
        ping fun -
        Quote Originally Posted by Sali View Post
        I think it is not only this season. ZJK is thinking about retirement. This is the right time to do it. If he participate probably he will suffer many defeats and he will not be chinese hero any more.
        No; he told in an interview that he wont retire easily . he wants to rest and have better fitness for the future tournaments . he wants to involve in tt not just for winning the title cause he'd won every thing . no need to prove himself . And I guess some of his fans even doesn't like table tennis but zjk . i mean this big numbers of fans mostly think about his appearance and personality and his winning spirit ....
      1. Suga D's Avatar
        Suga D -
        Quote Originally Posted by Xylit View Post
        I also think it is a good decision to only concentrate on the big tournaments and wins to avoid running high risks of injuries. If this makes him participating longer in big events - even better for us
        pretty much like Timo Boll does, but it starts to look a little as if Timo starts falling behind a bit....
      1. panany's Avatar
        panany -
        Quote Originally Posted by Suga D View Post
        pretty much like Timo Boll does, but it starts to look a little as if Timo starts falling behind a bit....


        my friend is good friend from Zhang jike ...

        last years zhang jike has lot of problem with his club....

        and now not club have money for he changes club.... for have zhang jike club need really LOT OF money need payed for change club.... and price for play match and all...
        finally he dont find club....


        then he cant play league...

        last year Luneng dont want zhang Jike continue play league because lot of problem with his contract .... but because olympic games and Liu guoliang... they dont have choice, liu guolinag say u need let play Zhang jike on league.... they dont have choice luneng let play Zhang jike and finish season...

        but now...
      1. Kevzar's Avatar
        Kevzar -
        I thought Dan made this thread about ZJK retiring.. so he still keeps playing then? I am hoping to see one more ML vs ZJK showdown, with both in epic form
      1. TTHopeful's Avatar
        TTHopeful -
        Shame, I always enjoyed the Ma Long vs Zhang Jike battles in the super league!
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