Li Furong

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Li Furong
Native name 李富荣
Full name LI Furong/LI Fu-Jung
Nationality  China
Born Shanghai, China
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li (李).

Li Furong (simplified Chinese: 李富荣; traditional Chinese: 李富榮; pinyin: Lǐ Fùróng; born 1942 in Shanghai, China) was a Chinese male table tennis player.[1] He was a native of Zhejiang province starting to play table tennis at 15 and joined national team in 1959.[2] Li helped the Chinese men's team win four team titles at the World Table Tennis Championships in 1961, 1963, 1965 and 1971.[3] In men's singles competitions, he made 3 consecutive appearances at the finals of the World Championships in 1961, 1963, and 1965. However, Li lost to compatriot Zhuang Zedong in all of the three finals, making himself become one of four players who played in three finals without winning (together with Hungarian Laszlo Bellak, Polish Alojzy Ehrlich and countryman Ma Lin).[4] Rumor had it that Li's losses at the finals were prearranged.[5][6] The 1961 Championships was referred as the commencement of match fixing in history of Chinese table tennis.[7]

In 1999, Li was inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame.[8] Li became the president of Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) in 2001.[2] The post was succeeded by Cai Zhenhua in 2009 and Li was awarded the ATTU Honorary Life President in 2010.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ai Lu (11 November 2010). "10 of Shanghai's best sporting superstars". CNNGo.com. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Li Furong re-elected as ATTU president". Xinhua. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "LI Furong/LI Fu-Jung (CHN)". ITTF. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Table tennis facts you need to know". Xinhua. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Edgar Clark (30 March 1964). "Table Talk With Young Li Of Red China". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Table Tennis: A Game of War". TIME. 7 May 1965. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Xinmin Weekly (23 March 2007). "追溯中国乒乓让球事件 受害者远非何智丽一人". QQ.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "The ITTF Hall of Fame". ITTF. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Li Furong awarded title of ATTU Honorary Life President". Chinese Olympic Committee. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2011.