Does this even mean anything? Do you know the reason they fake their age, and in what age?
Those clips are crucial because they match up with the age/age group worked out from the news coverage, photos, and prospectus of the amateur tournaments in which he played a few years before joining the sports school in 2006, the first step to becoming a pro.
Most if not all cadet and junior tournaments in China are structured such that events are separated by age. Since there's a cut-off age by which one must make the cut
, some players find the need to change their age or are urged by their coaches to buy themselves some extra time, sometimes even before they fall behind to be "on the same starting line". Most choose to do it when they are in sports schools and provincial teams(see previous link), before they become registered players of the CTTA and ITTF to gain international exposure.
Basically, there are multiple ways for fans/outsiders to validate/invalidate the age of a certain player, which can be categorized into 2 types.
Past tournaments, bone age tests, news coverage, CTTA registration, junior training camps...etc. Many players are flagged this way by cross-referencing and looking for any discrepancies.
Personal info, posts, and dialogs on social media sites, interactions with fans on personal live streams...etc. Surprisingly, many put in their real DOB on social media sites. Some celebrate their birthdays on their true DOB. Some outright admit it and come clean on live streams when asked.
2013-06-09 18:28:51 来源: 网易体育
Famous player talks about age-altering of domestic table tennis players, Ai Fukuhara's mother once complained
2013-06-09 18:28:51 Source: Netease Sports
"Ai Fukuhara's mother once approached Xu Shaofa to complain about the issue of age-altering of Chinese players. Her daughter came to China to compete at the age of six. At that time, she took a small notebook and jotted down the styles of the players who played with Fukuhara, wins/losses and age etc., but after a few years almost all of these players were younger than Fukuhara."
After finishing all the competitions at the Northeast leg, the "Who is the King of Table Tennis" Chinese Table Tennis Folk Championships moved to Qinhuangdao for the North China leg in June. Former Chinese table tennis world champion, Xu Shaofa, a famous table tennis player, came to the scene to comment and guide the players. When interviewed by reporters before commencing, Old Xu expressed his concerns about Chinese table tennis - the practice of age-altering among table tennis players is severe.
Xu Shaofa believes that limited quota is the main reason for age-altering commonly seen among Chinese table tennis players. "There are only a few professional sports teams. One has to move out before another one gets to move in, or else there is no place to pay for food, no place to pay wages, or even a place to live."
"A lot of cases are like the following. You have made the team first and you two are about the same age. I have no hope, then I will roll back my age by two years and wait for the opportunity," analyzed Old Xu.
Xu Shaofa expressed his concerns about this practice: "But (this practice) has crushed others to death. This is unfair competition. Do not underestimate two years of difference. The shot path is different. The looks are different as well. I used to hold U17 competitions, but then I stopped. Why? Because I found that those German kids who ate beef every day were smaller than ours. Our players had big arms and legs." Xu Shaofa's witty remarks revealed his helplessness to this practice.
Ai Fukuhara's mother once approached Xu Shaofa to complain about the issue of Chinese players altering their age. She said that her daughter came to China to compete at the age of six. At that time, she took a small notebook to write down the playing styles, wins and losses and age of the players who played with Fukuhara, but after a few years almost all of these players were younger than Fukuhara.