Table tennis legend Liu Guoliang named CTTA vice president

Updated 2017-06-21 09:30:32 Xinhua

Grand Slam champion-turned coach Liu Guoliang was named as a vice president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA) on Tuesday.

The CTTA also announced that Liu will no longer be the "chief coach" of the Chinese table tennis team.

According to a reform plan unveiled on Tuesday, the CTTA abolished the positions of "chief coach" and "head coaches" in the Chinese team, and will instead set up two coaching teams for men's and women's players.

"These reforms will better prepare the Chinese team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo," a CTTA spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Liu, named head coach of the Chinese men's team in 2003, was promoted to chief coach in 2013 while also taking the helm of the men's team. He handed the men's team to Qin Zhijian in April 2017 while remaining as chief coach till today.

Kong Linghui, also a Grand Slam winner of Olympic, world championships and World Cup men's singles titles, was suspended in late May as head coach of the women's team following a lawsuit over a gambling debt filed by a Singaporean hotel.

The Singaporean hotel where Kong and his friends had stayed in 2015 filed a lawsuit against Kong. Media reports said Kong borrowed S million (721,200 US dollars) from the hotel, but failed to pay back the debt in full.

Lei Jun, director of the Chinese Table Tennis and Badminton Administrative Center, replaced former director Liu Xiaonong as CTTA vice president and general secretary.

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