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Why China’s Dominance in Table Tennis is Unmatched at the Olympics | Land of Legends

November 4, 2019

IN TABLE TENNIS) (WHILE CHINA HAS 53) (28 GOLD) (17 SILVER) (8 BRONZE) There are 300 million people
playing table tennis, and in China,
80 million people playing table tennis
at the moment. Nearly one-third of the table
tennis population worldwide is from China. I believe that in the
case of table tennis, the talent pool in China
is massive. There is also a sophisticated
talent identification system in place to spot top talent
at a very young age. Let me give you an example. In Beijing alone, there is a year-long
table tennis tournament called the Harmony Cup. This tournament begins
in January every year. A total of 2.8 million players
take part in this tournament. The tournament organisers
even applied for a Guinness World Record
five years ago. Mass participation
provides the sport with an excellent
infrastructure to organically unearth
top talent. The highly competitive
environment also further offers a natural selection of
the finest players. At the moment, there are 20,000 competitive
young players in China. (CHINA TABLE TENNIS COLLEGE,
TABLE TENNIS) To be great at table tennis,
one has to start young, at about five or six years old My mother had asked me what
I was interested in learning. My first response was
table tennis. When I was three, my grandma gave me a
very small table tennis racket. She held my hand and taught me
to hold the racket. By first grade, I knew I wanted
to be a table tennis player. I have a coach who
is from my hometown. My hometown is in Changshu,
Jiangsu province. Once when he was
visiting home, he saw me playing table tennis
and saw the potential in me. So he transferred me to
this training centre. I am currently training at the
China Table Tennis College. My dream is to become
a world champion and an Olympic champion
WORLD CHAMPIONS) Table tennis has
benefited the most from the state sports system. The Chinese table tennis team has three levels of
training system. The first level is
the sports school. The second level is
the provincial team. The last level is
the national team. A table tennis phenom does
not appear out of nowhere. It takes a step-by-step
nurturing process to gradually shape them
for their success. A unique characteristic of the
Chinese table tennis system is the multitude of athletes
the association oversees. From amateur sports schools, to provincial teams,
to national teams and the national A-team and
those who eventually qualify for the Olympic Games and
World Championships. It is a highly integrated
pathway to success for anyone capable of
progressing from the amateur to elite level. This is a wonderful system. From the International
Table Tennis Federation, to table tennis enthusiasts
around the world, China remains the innovation
hub for the sport. The amount of innovation
capital is the highest. From equipment innovation, to inventing new
techniques and tactics, we are at the forefront. So for us to be able to reach
the top of this sport and to have remained
as a leader of the sport for so many years, the spirit of innovation is
our ultimate secret weapon. Near 2000, we have
statistics that show 61% of the worldwide
table tennis innovation, techniques and tactics
are from China. We have never stopped
innovating. And we are constantly
pushing boundaries, and to avoid staying
in our comfort zones. The spirit of innovation is
core to our training culture, we are always thinking and
advocating innovation. Many years ago, the main table
tennis techniques in the world were the pen-hold technique
or chopping technique. Those were once special
techniques and remained dominant
for a while. The champions would play
with those techniques, and players who picked up
those techniques were simply superior.
However, in men’s singles, the pen-hold technique
actually evolved. Chinese players like
Wang Hao and Ma Lin had actively reinvented
the technique. They may have never achieved
what they have without evolving. But because of their relentless
spirit of innovation, they are able to remain
at the top of the sport. In recent times, the most common technique
is the pen-hold technique. I was the first player to use the reverse pen-hold
backhand technique at international table
tennis tournaments. Still, that was
just a beginning. Later on, Ma Lin and Wang Hao, especially Wang Hao,
perfected it into an advanced technique. In the early days, players like Jiang Jialiang,
who couldn’t execute the pen-hold backhand
attack technique, would have a relatively passive
approach in their game. I was a pioneer when the
technique was invented, and Wang Hao’s
generation perfected it. Our continual success relies on the generational efforts
in innovation. Regarding the future of
Chinese table tennis, I’m not concerned
about the results. I’m more concerned about its popularity
amongst the youth, as well as the worldwide
promotion of the game. This is a more pressing
problem. We have already
recognised this crisis, and so we have been
actively promoting table tennis throughout the country,
as well as other continents including Africa, North
and South America. We also send
athletes and coaches for sparring and training. Our hope is that table tennis
can captivate and appeal to the younger
generations. What is the most important
for such country with the superiority
in one sport? We have to have an open
mind to this sport. We cannot close the door into our home, to covet players to do ourselves and then you control the world. That is bad. We would like produce
a kind of a world centre of the table tennis in China. We would like to
attract more and more the world elite players
coming to China. I very much prefer this spirit of a National
Basketball Association, to attract most of the
elite basketball players into the United States. After experiencing this
association activity at NBA, they will improve automatically and then they will return, like Spanish basketball
players, like Brazilian
basketball players, like Argentine
basketball players, back to their countries, representing their country,
their association to play in Olympic Games. In order for China
to be genuinely integrated with the world, China needs to bring its
outstanding players, coaches, and the successful table
tennis culture and other ingredients of success and share them with the world. Otherwise, the rest
of the world will continue to lag behind
in the resources needed to successfully
compete against China.


  • Reply Kslskmdks Kls November 29, 2018 at 12:26 am

    China has too much talent – but they should be careful. Harimoto Tomokazu is coming.

  • Reply Hugo Karpinski November 30, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    One of the problem is that table tennis is trying to be football and tennis at the same time! There are league matches in most countries and single tournaments. Also, there is very little money for the winners.

  • Reply YUSIJAK December 1, 2018 at 7:34 am


  • Reply Shiva December 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    China was dominant in badminton earlier
    But now it doesn't have that much dominance
    So may be it will change in table tennis also

  • Reply Dong Jin Ha December 2, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Table tennis is not a sports…. it is not for grown man, it is for kids

  • Reply buddylee4 December 3, 2018 at 7:37 pm


  • Reply pollumG December 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Captions pissing me off..

  • Reply Andrew Yang December 11, 2018 at 7:20 am

    They know the formula

  • Reply Berserk Viper December 13, 2018 at 3:27 am

    its probably harder to represent China than it is to win the Silver medal in the Olympics

  • Reply VRE Sport December 15, 2018 at 3:53 am

    let it be known that the most popular sport in China by viewership and investment is Soccer (Football), why can't such system exist for soccer?

  • Reply magicalgold010 December 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I am a Pakistani of Indian descent and I can confidently say that I can beat most Chinese players especially with my chops and backhand defense

  • Reply mark anthony December 17, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Coz Asian's are small , fast and explosive? 🤷

  • Reply Gustavo Viana December 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    "TCHOREEEEEEE HOOOOOOOOW" ( Screamoto, Tomokazu)

  • Reply T Lee December 20, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    What a beautiful video

  • Reply Chinanumber1 China December 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Go CHINA !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Trollface 101 December 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Anybody else who just cant seem to play table tennis

  • Reply Melted Nub December 25, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    China number wah

  • Reply George Hamilton December 26, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Yeah, but remember when Forrest Gump beat China?

  • Reply George Hamilton December 26, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I just realized that people might not be aware of the translations in the closed captions.

  • Reply mndmd December 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    music was too annoying couldnt watch

  • Reply monte carlo Saludes December 27, 2018 at 5:35 am

    they very good at this sport because they love vachina.

  • Reply 原尧燊 January 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I am a Chinese, and I don't know why.

  • Reply Htut Win January 3, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Impressive indeed. But I wonder why they can't transfer that to tennis? Other than Li Na in the women's, the men have not had much to show for. Michael Chang was Chinese American and there's been no one of Chinese ethnicity since. Tennis is the big brother! Can they dominate this sport in the future?

  • Reply みきパラ January 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm


  • Reply Jacky Tang January 8, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Another words why African Americans are so dominance basketball.

  • Reply Alejandro Benavides January 8, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Come on Forrest Gump 7u7

  • Reply John Smith January 9, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Communism works lmao

  • Reply 鬼马小咖 January 10, 2019 at 7:51 pm


  • Reply fisherisjack January 16, 2019 at 6:09 am

    May be it has to do with the fact that east asians have a faster reaction time on average.

  • Reply Jerry Guo January 21, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I just wish more people play the sport. I can barely find friends to play against and practice with in United States/Canada. A lot of them know the sport and can play a little but isn't interested in practicing or developing techniques.

  • Reply KAKA BABUDA January 22, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    When it comes to agility, leave it to the asians

  • Reply logictroll242 January 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I love how the music is totally neutral. No indication it's of any asian influence whatsoever.

  • Reply Devonne Quimada January 27, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Am I the only one who got more inspired to play Table Tennis after watching this?

  • Reply Penguinz 9000 January 31, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    They are all better than me.

  • Reply Brad Wolf February 8, 2019 at 3:14 am

    This is a Chinese DOMINATED sport/game

  • Reply Silas Dogwood February 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Not much of a sport.

  • Reply Quang Le February 13, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    it's all devotion to the sport from the citizens, and the government, and no other countries are even close to match China's level.

  • Reply Kenneth Wells February 15, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Bruce Lee will always be the best

  • Reply Kenshinhugo February 22, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    These old ppl are chopping better than me 🙁

  • Reply Borneo Coolpad February 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    This program will be in danger for the future Olympic!! The Chinse dominance in this sport relly hurts the sport itself, in the last what 4/5 Olympics, China clean sweep the Gold medals. Sure, we can't blame China itself, their did the parts, send their best players and compete but the rest of the organazation is joke and there's no others countries can compete with them.

  • Reply Ansel Edison March 2, 2019 at 3:08 am

    They talk about the young talented athlete selection system like it's some kind of amazing idea. Maybe it is, depending on how you look at it, but when they find out that a child isn't as talented as the one next to them, they throw them away, this happens usually once the child is a teenager or more. Not only this but when a child is being trained specifically in a certain sport, they don't get an academic education.

  • Reply youyou mnmn March 3, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    This is waist of time to listen what chinese has to say.
    Only copy their way of training may put others on their level.
    Rest is not important.
    Practice ,practice, practice, practice and so long.
    Good time lazy bums.

  • Reply Alexey Kan March 8, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    The video doesn't contain any explanation how table tennis became the sport number 1 in China. It all started in 1959 when Rong Guotuan won the World championship's gold in Dortmund. A former Hong Konger became the very first Chinese World Champion since PRC foundation. Rong's victory was in the year of 10th PRC foundation's anniversary, then-PM Zhou Enlai called it "double happiness", that way 2 Chinese table tennis brands got their names (the second one is Double fish, bcs fish and happiness are homophones in Mandarin). Due to Rong Chinese men's team won their first World Championship in Beijing 2 years later. After that he had led Chinese women's team to their first World champions title as a coach, since then China never surrendered its dominance in women's table tennis. Although Rong had to commit suicide during the Cultural Revolution he was a great hero for Chinese people and played a crucial role in table tennis popularization in China. His won resulted in appearance of thousands of tennis tables in parks, yards, schools, factories and so on

  • Reply Cross March 13, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    But when it comes to actual tennis…….

  • Reply SRMkay March 14, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    This is kind of like asking why America is dominant in American football: China is one of the only, if not the only, country to take ping-pong seriously.

  • Reply donnieb March 18, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    About as dominant as Americans are in basketball and in the pool or on the track.

  • Reply William Munny March 20, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Chinese father: " Are you table tennis champion yet ".
    Chinese son: " Dad, I'm 10 ".
    Chinese father: " Call me when you champion ".

  • Reply Adam March 20, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Replace table tennis with fortnite for the rest of the video.

  • Reply Adamya Singh Parihar March 22, 2019 at 6:16 am

    I need subtitles as i don't know Mandarin!😑

  • Reply MiD March 22, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    thx for the translation….duh

  • Reply TTSource March 24, 2019 at 11:18 am

    lol the silver count and with Wang Hao's face what an irony

  • Reply Junting March 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    This video is uploaded by Olympic, isn't this a little biased looking at the title?

  • Reply Junting March 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Who else are Chinese here?

  • Reply Zelicious Gamer March 28, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    it's no longer a secret weapon if you tell the world

  • Reply Treye Billups March 30, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    "The system for selecting young talent is the Whole Nation Sport System, a multi-tiered government bureaucracy" Yep, sounds like China

  • Reply V Sing March 31, 2019 at 8:59 am

    This look like a concentration camp to me!!

  • Reply Baby Boss April 8, 2019 at 9:14 am

    and this should have been eliminated at the Olympics, because it was only dominated by one country

  • Reply Hippety-hoppety -I’m taking-your-property. April 10, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    There’s always an Asian
    That’s better than you!

  • Reply Michael April 17, 2019 at 6:50 am

    The Joy Luck Club dominates table tennis.

  • Reply wandaba April 27, 2019 at 9:40 am

    please add subtitles for this video

  • Reply Da Mao May 4, 2019 at 5:21 am

    why are Jamaicans so good in sprints?
    Kenyans in distance running?
    Americans in basketball?
    Canadians in hockey?Norwegians in cross country skiing?

  • Reply OXDH AOXT May 4, 2019 at 5:32 am

    And they can’t find 11 people to field a meaningful soccer team

  • Reply Hulagu Mongke May 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    China is the land of Ping Pong

  • Reply TGAgaming May 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    That one guy should have just stuck to chinese not gonna lie

  • Reply Wu Q.x May 15, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    only-Chinese Chess can compare (只有中国象棋能比乒乓球)

  • Reply Travelin Jade May 20, 2019 at 2:05 am

    even old people are better than me

  • Reply Team Kuuki Food & Games May 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    If only we can settle disputes by sports, not war lol

  • Reply Team Kuuki Food & Games May 20, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    What the coach shared regarding what he hopes for china and being a centre for table tennis like the US is for NBA, was pretty inspiring and agreeable to me lol especially when he denounced coveting the best players and dominating the sport as one nation

  • Reply CHAMP MAURER May 25, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Wow, very talented people playing that sport. Maybe they eat something special that makes them very good at it.

  • Reply Max A/C June 4, 2019 at 10:42 am

    China selects young prospects around the country and put them in the national ping pong boarding school at the age of 7. And they grow up without mom and dad and they are trained to become ping pong playing machines. Is it a sacrifice or an abuse?

  • Reply Lolwa MA June 11, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Chinese are the best in almost all sports 💕

  • Reply Mosotti June 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I think I can beat the little kid on the right at 3:00. Neah, he's probably some crazy panther ninja…

  • Reply heady June 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    but chinese so weak in tennis

  • Reply Roy Long June 23, 2019 at 1:36 am

    screamoto tryharding for tokyo 2020

  • Reply Who needs Names June 29, 2019 at 7:11 am

    There’s always an Asian better than you

  • Reply Peter Florino July 1, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I’m a neutral fan. This stupid arrogance by Chinese fans makes them very shallow.
    But beware. The Japanese woman’s team looks extremely good. Especially if Miu Hirano gets her confidence back. Is she does, she’ll beat anyone. But Ito and Kasumi look great. Ito can also beat anyone when she’s on. So look out all you obnoxious Chinese braggarts, you’re in for a rude awaking!

  • Reply Johannes Wu July 6, 2019 at 4:28 am

    China is unbeatable because they literally have the top 40 players in the world.(only the few top players get the opportunity to represent the country, but just watch the Chinese super league and see for yourself ) these top 30-40 players practice with one another 6-7 hours per day. How do u compete with that?

  • Reply ZephryxOFFICIAL July 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    me visiting china

    Kid: Want to play table tennis, I will beat you!
    Me: haha bet

    3 minutes later:
    Gets humiliated every point and match ends.

  • Reply tintin snowy July 26, 2019 at 7:25 am

    to be a champion it comes down to hard work, harder work and hardest work..chinese ppl have all of it

  • Reply Radhe Techi July 27, 2019 at 4:42 am


  • Reply Hulagu Mongke July 27, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    China is a sick men of ASia

  • Reply Francois Lamarche August 2, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Don`t forget that Sweden was dominance in table tennis before China.

  • Reply ryanBASED August 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    0:55 communism intensifies

  • Reply erik g. August 18, 2019 at 5:52 am

    It is amazing that when a sport is embedded in the culture, it translates to dominance on the international stage. A resemblance is Brazil and soccer.

  • Reply N D August 18, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    i wonder what country has thr highest number of golds in FieLd hockey !

  • Reply Innovative Developers August 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Even if you are 1 in a million, you still have to compete with 300. My God.

  • Reply SleptWarrior August 21, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    5:30 Some information for people who are interested in that device: according to the Chinese words on the screen of it, it can adjust horizontal/vertical direction, speed and rotation(axis and speed) of the Ping Pong ball that comes out of it

  • Reply Alterinq August 22, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Chinese father: 'I'll come back with the milk when you win the olympics for table tennis"

  • Reply Fat Guy August 22, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Getting selected for the team, is already a gold medal itself lol

  • Reply Jon Dury August 31, 2019 at 1:02 am

    That music in the beginning is bit racist.

  • Reply meong koneng September 1, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Boring table tennis dominasi China 🤔 prediksi olympic Tokyo 2020 China winner

  • Reply William Shi September 4, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    1:52 did this man just twiddle with a penhold grip?

  • Reply k k September 13, 2019 at 8:11 am


  • Reply Doh a Deer September 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Chinese only know one style at table tennis.. hard and fast.. spin and drop shots confuse their robotic minds.

  • Reply archiei40x September 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Chinese player before start of Table Tennis Final calls home..
    Player: Hello, mom, dad?
    Dad: Do you need motivation and spiritual support for finals?
    Player: No, I am just letting you know I am bringing home the gold medal, the opponent isn't Chinese.

  • Reply L Ya October 1, 2019 at 6:01 am

    The Chinese have an amazing system in badminton as well. They are truly an amazing bunch of talented and hard working people

  • Reply gucci korv October 4, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    jo waldner did swoop in and just crushed china in every match he played and every cometiton

  • Reply james unkles October 22, 2019 at 6:20 am


  • Reply happy mass shooting usa October 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    racist background tune

  • Reply FiremanGsxr 600 October 31, 2019 at 12:20 am

    how to pick up chinese girl "I play ping pong"

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