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      On Jun 22, China's Ma Long and Ding Ning, South Korea's Ryu Seung Min and Kim Kyungah, Japan's Ai Fukuhara and Tomokazu Harimoto, North Korea's Kim Song I and Pak Sin Hyok were invited to IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and met IOC committee. They played a mixed doubles exhibition match and also played with Swiss young players, to celebrate Olympic Day.










      Ma Long / Ai Fukuhara vs Pak Sin Hyok / Kim Kyungah


      They sent IOC President with a signed racket saying, "Thank you IOC for paving the way through sport to the peace process on the Korean peninsula, the region and the world.", which will be donated to The Olympic Museum.
      "By playing in mixed teams, the athletes show us the unique ability of sport to build bridges," said IOC President Thomas Bach. "With these table tennis exhibition matches to celebrate Olympic Day, we can all experience the unifying power of sport and our contribution to making the world a better place through sport"






      Here is the report from IOC
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      Harimoto is growing so fast, he's taller than ML now

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      After the IOC event, Ma Long updated his Sina Weibo, "I am very happy to 'unlock' another beautiful country. I am more than honored to attend the celebration of the 70th Olympic Day. Table tennis is such a magical sport. It not only brings fitness and wellness, but also contributes to the peace of the world. Wish our world better and better. Let's go."






      Ding Ning commented and revealed that Ma Long forgot to bring proper jacket and had to wear her jacket by the lake. She asked, "Does the jacket fit? How about I sell it to you with a discount." Ma Long replied, "I've paid you the rental fee." lol


      (BTW, do you watch FIFA World Cup 2018? Which team do you root for? Guess which team Ma Long supports. Hint: his recent Weibo revealed it.)




      Jun 23 is Olympic Day. Happy Olympic Day greeting from Ma Long.



      In the interview with Words of Chinese Olympians program, Ma Long shared thoughts from his sports career.

      Ma Long: "Hello everyone, I am Ma Long from China National Table Tennis Team. I have attended two Olympic Games representing China and won three gold medals. I participated in the team event at 2012 London Olympic Games and won team champion. At 2016 Rio Olympic Games, I won both team and singles champions."
      Q: What is the revelation from your sports career that you would most like to share with people of younger generation?
      Ma Long: "I am not good at expressing myself. I would rather do it than say it. I think that I shall better myself first in order to inspire others. Especially in recent years, I can feel this idea works great. When I bettered myself to a certain level, my friends and young players started to follow me. They think they can become champions one day if they are as hardworking as me. I think this is what I can bring to young athletes and teenagers as a role model."

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      In July Issue of Table Tennis World Magazine, Ma Long analyzed his match against Tomokazu Harimoto at 2018 Japan Open.

      "I played so badly. Afterwards, I reviewed the match and thought that my preparations were incorrect and led to a chain reaction." "At the beginning, I overestimated his level. I thought he was stronger than he actually is. The match then was not the same as I expected and I was getting loose. I did not concentrate all the time and put the game under my rhythm. My offense was not quite enough and my defense was not effective. When I lost the second game leading 5:1, I became impatient. I think my loss was mainly because of the first half of the match, I caught up two games but could not get over the sixth."

      Ma Long blamed himself after an uncomfortable match, "Losing a match made me down. Now a loss not only affected myself, but a lot more. I blamed myself not having good preparations against such an opponent on fire." Ma Long said he could imagine the dissatisfaction with his performance from outside. "I did not play with great fighting spirits and made technical mistakes that I should not have made. Usually, I can make precise analyses and predictions of a match. But my predictions of this match was quite off. I did not have chance to use the techniques and tactics that I planned to use during preparations. I don't know if my original plan was too complicated or too simple, it was not on the right track." Ma Long said he hoped he could know more about Tomokazu Harimoto from the match, "Every loss of China National Team player is a warning. We will make detailed reviews. Especially after losing to a major rival, there are more to be reviewed."

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      At Olympic Park in Lausanne


      What were Ma Long and Ai Fukuhara looking at?



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      July Issue of Table Tennis World Magazine Star Q&A column


      Q: What do you do when you are down?
      Ma Long: Hang out with friends or stay alone.


      Q: What's your pet phrase?
      Ma Long: "Maybe".


      Q: Which three people would you meet on the last day of your life?
      Ma Long: Three are not enough. Family and friends.


      Q: Which book have you read recently?
      Ma Long: I've recently read Savage Continent:Europe in the Aftermath of World War II.


      Q: Think about a person, who comes to your mind first now?
      Ma Long: My family.


      Q: If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do today?
      Ma Long: Usually I am very disciplined. If the world were to end tomorrow, I would try to do something wild.

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      Ma Long's interview with IOC for Olympic Day celebration.
      He said, "I am very happy to get invited to Lausanne to attend the celebration of 70th Olympic Day. I’ve attended two Olympic Games, 2012 and 2016. It’s an honor to participate in the Olympic Games on behalf of China. On this special day, being an athlete is not only about competing. I hope we can enjoy greater communication with regular athletes all around the world. We should promote the Olympic spirits more, as an athlete and a standard-bearer. I still have training and tournaments over the coming months.There are two more years before the Tokyo Olympic Games. During this limited time, especially in the upcoming months, I will work hard to prepare,both physically and technically, to have the best preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games."



      Video of full exhibition match can be found on Olympic Channel. Ma Long / Ai Fukuhara beat Pak Sin Hyok / Kim Kyungah by 11:8.
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      Xu Lijia, Chinese Olympic gold medalist in sailing, runs a radio program interviewing athletes in different sports. She interviewed Ma Long in May. Ma Long reviewed 2018 World Team Championships, answered questions about his daily life and Team China and talked about his future goal of the athletic career.
      Part I – 2018 Team World Championships
      Xu Lijia: Hi, everyone. This is Xu Lijia. In today’s episode, we have a distinguished guest. He is the Full Grand Slam winner who has won every table tennis title that we can think of and the sport can offer, and the Captain of Chinese National Table Tennis Team, Ma Long. Welcome, Ma Long!
      Ma Long: Hello, everyone! I’m Ma Long.
      Xu: First of all, congratulations to Ma Long again on winning World Team Championships in May. He helped Team China win the ninth consecutive team champion. Could you share with us your experience in Sweden?
      Ma: I feel really happy that with the efforts of the whole team, we won this champion and achieved our goal. It’s my great honor to take the responsibility again to play the semifinal and the final, especially to play the first set. Winning this champion is an important moment during my career, so I’m really happy.
      Xu: What are the differences between World Team Championships this year and the previous ones? I’ve heard that you have already attended seven World Team Championships.
      Ma: Surely every World Team Championships is different for me mentally and in other regards. This time I’m the oldest player in the team. Well, not old, senior. The players and coaches this time are mostly young and new. The attention we’ve got is also quite different from before. Now we not only prepare techniques and tactics for the tournament but also how to face the pressure from the media and general public.
      Xu: Everyone in China has higher expectations of National Table Tennis Team than any other sports team. Your team has no choice but to win. You are the captain and serve as ‘Player A/Y’ in this tournament. Although you are highly experienced, I suppose that you’ve still got great pressure. Have you ever got sleeplessness because of thinking about the past or coming matches during the tournament?
      Ma: I have hypersensitive nerves. There is usually a stage for me before the tournaments or even during the closed training, when I am filled with all sorts of thoughts. For me, it is important to adjust myself to a comfortable form. Xu Xin is my roommate during the recent three World Team Championships. I’m quite responsible and cautious while Xu Xin is more outgoing and optimistic. Our personalities are quite opposite, sometimes complementary. Actually, we both feel nervous and great pressure during the tournaments. Anyways we’ve got used to it after these years. The most important thing is to perform during the matches in whatever form you are.
      Xu: Let’s say if you got sleeplessness at night and the only thing you could do is staring at the ceiling, how would you cope with this?
      Ma: I think this is a normal situation. Maybe it is not my own issue as other players may also lose sleep. You may get sleeplessness for a few days during tournaments or training, but you have to adjust yourself to the best form to play matches or attend training. “I am not in a good form” or “I haven’t slept for 24 hours” can never be excuses for not performing well or not trying your best. You cannot forgive yourself for missing the chance because the World Team Championships is only held every two years. I think for athletes or just average people, we have the potential to exert our best in major events if we don’t sleep for one day or even three days.
      Xu: Do you mean that you just have to cope with it and adjust yourself to the best form even if you couldn’t fall asleep?
      Ma: Yes, I think sleeplessness cannot be an excuse. Surely it may affect your performance, but you won’t be thinking too much about how much sleep you had the night before or what happened outside the court if you are focusing on your match.
      Xu: Actually I want to ask if you have any tips to cope with sleeplessness. For example, when I cannot fall asleep, I will get up and start doing such things like reading, eating snacks or drinking water, in order to get sleepy before I get to bed again.
      Ma: No, I won’t do that. I will just lay in my bed and leave enough time to fall asleep. I guess that I can get at least 10 minutes sleep per night. I usually need a long time to fall asleep so I just stay in bed and wait.
      Xu: Besides sleeplessness, distractions may also affect the performance. We know that the matches between top players are mentally demanding. At certain point, you might get distracted or think about the outcome. How would you get rid of distractions on the court?
      Ma: I think the match is fast-changing. Many thoughts may come to your mind at the same time. When you think about the outcome of the match, or you play conservatively, you have to remind yourself of doing the right thing, such as focusing on techniques and tactics, or thinking about the team spirits. Don’t panic. Every player may suddenly feel negative during or before matches, despite of the desire to win. Just let it go. It is more important to quickly adjust your mindset by thinking about right and positive things. I think it works.
      Xu: Ma Long seems really experienced and has his own way to cope with sleeplessness and distractions.
      Xu: Let’s come back to the topic of 2018 World Team Championships in Sweden. Do you have any traditional way to celebrate the victory?
      Ma: After the final, Chinese Ambassador in Sweden came to Halmstad and invited us to dinner. We just celebrated with Chinese food.
      Xu: So you guys didn’t bring any chef to the tournament?
      Ma: No, we didn’t. Halmstad is a pretty small city and there are very few Chinese restaurants. We ate a lot of Thai food. Two days of Thai food, two days of Japanese food and Chinese food on the last day.
      Xu: So when you don’t bring chef, you guys will prefer Asian food over Western food.
      Ma: Yeah, Asian food. Noodles or rice, anything similar to Chinese food is fine.
      Xu: What’s your favorite cuisine?
      Ma: I am not a picky eater. Anything edible is fine for me.
      Xu: How many times have you been to Sweden?
      Ma: Five or six, maybe seven or eight. We mostly went there during winter and barely saw the sun. It’s summer this time and it did not turn dark even at 9pm.
      Xu: Sure, I’ve been to Finland during summer time and I feel like it never gets dark.
      Xu: Team Sweden has rich history in table tennis. What are your impressions on Team Sweden?
      Ma: Yes, Team Sweden used to be very strong in last century. Their team was the best when Coaches Liu Guoliang and Kong Linghui were still players. They won three consecutive team champions from 1989 to 1993. Jan-Ove Waldner is possibly the most famous Swedish in China. No matter people play table tennis or not, they know Waldner. He may be more famous than some Chinese players and I watched him play when I was young. For a while, Team Sweden might not have enough young talents and suffered from difficult times. This time they were able to reach the semifinal again. I would say they will be one of the best teams in Europe or even in the whole world.
      Xu: I think our audience is quite familiar with Waldner and it’s really amazing that he still played in his 40s and 50s. How old is he now?
      Ma: He should be a little over 50 now. He got retired one or two years ago.
      Xu: So he does not play anymore?
      Ma: No.
      Xu: Do you want your career to be as long as his?
      Ma: I’m trying to extend my career but I don’t think I will play as long as he did.
      Xu: Is this because the competition within Team China is too intense?
      Ma: Yeah, the competition within Team China is extremely intense. I think I can only play World Veteran Championships on behalf of China if I continue to play at the age of 50.

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      On Jul 6, Ma Long was invited to the gala for Swiss Innovation Week at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing.
      When he was asked the impression of Switzerland, he said it is a beautiful country that he has recently been to. He was honored to attend #OlympicDay celebration there and looked forward to more comminication in the Gala.
      He played with staff of Embassy of Switzerland, first with a SIGG bottle :P
      He also met Swiss Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel.




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      Jul 7, meeting yound players from local primary school at National Training Center



      Jul 9, visiting National Museum of China

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      Wanna be in the line?


      Rarely seen Ma Long's artwork lol

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      Ma Long: Life lies in sports. Do sports in the right way. Please follow "Guidelines for National Fitness".
      Ma Long demos backhand attacks for the new book "Guidelines for National Fitness" by General Administration of Sport.

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      Upcoming tournaments for Ma Long: Australian Open, Jul 26-29; Bulgaria Open, Aug 16-19, Czech Open, Aug 23-26. It is the first time he attends ITTF World Tour in these countries.
      Ma Long will not attend 2018 Asian Games (Aug 18-Sep 2) in Jakarta, Indonesia while he will attend the closed training of National Team in preparation for Asian Games.


      Training on Jul 19




      However, On Jul 21, Ma Long was withdrawn from Australian Open entries list. According to ITTF Sina Weibo, he withdrew "due to knee injury", although he went to training as usual.


      Training on Jul 21




      Not going downunder, he will fly to Chengdu early next week for closing training instead. Let's wish him a quick recovery!

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      Are you watching 2018 Korea Open this weekend? Let's review Ma Long's previous participation at Korea Open. He attended four times and won one men's singles title and one men's doubles title.


      In 2008 Korea Open, Ma Long beat Wang Hao by 4-1 in the semifinal and Ma Lin by 4-2 in the final of men's singles. He paired with Ma Lin in men's doubles and lost to Wang Liqin / Wang Hao by 3-4 in the final. Successful doubles players as they are, it is a pity that Ma Long and Ma Lin have never won any world tour title together.
      In 2012 Korea Open, Ma Long was upset by Lee Sangsu by 1-4 in the R16 of men's singles. He paired with Xu Xin and won men's doubles title beating Wang Hao / Zhang Jike by 4-0 in the final.
      In 2013 Korea Open, Ma Long beat Wang Hao by 4-2 in the semifinal and lost to Xu Xin by 2-4 in the final of men's singles. He paired with Korea's Lee Jungwoo in the men's doubles and lost to Zhang Jike / Seo Hyundeok by 2-3 in the final.
      In 2016 Korea Open, Ma Long beat Chen Chien-An by 4-0 in the semifinal and lost to Xu Xin by 3-4 in the final of men's singles. He paired with Fan Zhendong and lost to Jeoung Youngsik / Lee Sangsu by 2-3 in the semifinal.

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      On Jul 23, Ma Long arrived at Chengdu for the closed training till Aug 21st.

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