原文标题：It’s in the genes: Chinese TT players in 23 countries
China has swept all the gold medals in badminton and looks set to do the same in table tennis at London. However, that does not even begin to indicate the extent of Chinese dominance in these two disciplines.
The fact is that 55 of the 173 table tennis players in the Games are of Chinese descent and 45 of them were born in the country. From Lin Gui of Brazil to Ariel Hsing (US), Xia Lian Ni of Luxembourg to Bora Vang of Turkey, the Chinese are draped in the colours of 23 different countries.
In badminton too, as many as 50 of the 172 shuttlers at London were either born in China or are of Chinese ancestry. Saina Nehwal played six matches; of them four were against players of Chinese descent. Lianne Tan represented Belgium while Jie Yao was in Dutch colours.
Players of Chinese ancestry obviously include those representing China and Chinese Taipei, and it is perhaps not so surprising that a majority of those from Hong Kong and Singapore also were born in China.
Malaysia is a less obvious candidate, but with a significant population of Chinese, it has often had players of that ethnicity in its ranks, the men’s top seed in London, Lee Chong Wei, being a prime example.
But what do you make of the fact that the entire Australian women’s team consists of players born in China? One popular explanation is that competition for slots in the Chinese national squad is so intense that many top-notch players prefer to migrate to other nations and try their luck there.
Australia’s Vivian Tan, for instance, was born and grew up in China and retired from table tennis in 1997. Her second life as a TT player began a good 10 years later in 2007, four years after she moved to Sydney. French women’s badminton player Pi Hongyang is a good example of extreme competition forcing a Chinese player to migrate.
But perhaps excellence in table tennis and badminton is part of the Chinese cultural DNA. How else do you explain the fact that all three members of the US women’s TT team are of Chinese descent though none of them was born in China? Or that India’s own Jwala Gutta, who plays both women’s doubles and mixed doubles in badminton, is born of a Chinese mother?
Proud Brhamin (US)
Off-course it all in genes, !!!!!! a street dog cant match superior species of dogs ,no matter how much he tried or feed well by own hands.
Dr.Sunil Agrawal (Gwalior)
It is love and promotion of particular game in particular country.
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Rajguru (delhi) replies to Asdfg
Indians love to love in night in their bedrooms. except China no other country could beat them in baby making game.
Buddhadeva Das (aaa)
Not winning Olympic medals or Nobel prize in Science is in the genes of India( post independence), whereas talking in emptiness is.
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kalyanarava524 (Philadelphia) replies to Buddhadeva Das
Also blaming somebody else for our failures and mistakes is also in Indin genes.
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Rahul Patel (india)
even TT tables is made in china 😀
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Roshanlal (Compton) replies to Rahul Patel 8 hrs ago
More than 1.4 billion people are working hard to provide cheap goods to whole world. They are the people who build bullet trains. We cannot manufacture a simple acceptable local coach. No wonder China has conqured whole Africa. They have infrastructure better than America. AS compared to them we are cavemen.
Surinder Bajwa (houston)
It could be true.May nobody tried to challenge them seriously.Times is fast changing, if other countries try as hard as chinese , surely competition will be tough for them.
It is exactly not in the genes. But it is in the hard work, dedication in the case of players and the sporting environment in the country. These two are a lethal combination.
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why dont they migrate to India. At least we can win few more bronze medals through them.
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Roshanlal (Compton) replies to anand 8 hrs ago
Why not to search China Town in calcutta for TT players to represent India?
Their height is short… table tennis suits them better than lawn tennis… 😛
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We waste our time cricket!
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Jagdish Patel (mumbai)
No doubt analysis is very good. Remove these games form Olympic.
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so wat?? If you do any analysis of cricket you would know that some 50 odd countries will have Indian origin cricketers
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jagz (Delhi) replies to chirubrigade 11 hrs ago
you are insane, no more than 10 countries in the world play proper cricket you moron.
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Amit (India) 11 hrs ago
Let there be an olympics where cheating and corruption is allowed. Fir dikha denge! Chak de India!
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Abu Ahmed (India) replies to Amit 11 hrs ago
Even there we have competition from China and Pakistan – we will have to make do with a Bronze.
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Modivasi (india) 11 hrs ago
when ModiJi is becomes PM of bharat, we bharat peoples will earns thousands of golden meddalions,
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kas Sheth (Abu Dhabi) replies to Modivasi 3 hrs ago
Modiji can never become PM as he is a rascist. I being a Gujarati am saying this, because I know what he is.
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Sasi Attili (UK)
China is way ahead of the rest of the world. At this rate, won’t be long before they are in the Indian team!!!
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India rocks (India) 11 hrs ago
Michael Phelps 22 medals (2004, 2008, 2012), India 23 medals since 1900!
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Maruthi Rao (London) replies to India rocks
India = Michael Phelps ?
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breaking NEWS (for the people) replies to Maruthi Rao
Michael Phelps > India
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Deepak (US) replies to Maruthi Rao 10 hrs ago
hhhmmmmm slight difference India = Michael Phelps 1 ( one ahead )
AND GUESS WTS IN OUR GENES….CORRUPTION…!!!
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S.Kalyanasundaram (now at US)
China is a hard working country. she wants to be the first in everything. But we do not have aspirations, as seen from the olympic participation
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Mohit (cherry Hill, NJ) 9 hrs ago
Such a waste headline…….china has almost 20% of population and their people settle elsewhere for trading and other interests. So naturally they will pick up their traditional game first …. It is like saying that Indian origin people are in more than 20 teams playing cricket…. which is true
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Why hasnt anybody of Chinese descent moved to India? its a sureshot position in Indian team ! Also, its unfair to say that Jwala Gutta’s mother migrated to India to try for badminton.
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Vijaypratap Singh (Bareilly)
Western power may change the venue of the games to end the Chinese monopoly as they did in Hockey against us by shifting to synthetic turf.
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abhi (delhi) 9 hrs ago
given chinese record in deceit and thievery, I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT CHINESE GOVT SECRETLY SPONSORS RESEARCH LABS INVOLVED IN PRODUCING SPORTS DOPE THAT CANNOT BE DETECTED BY presently known means…..WE WILL ALL FIND OUT SOME DAY,,,,
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vishwa (myIndia) 9 hrs ago
So what? If only there were medals for corruption,India would have swept all of them -gold , silver bronze, tin, nickle,,,,!!
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there was hype and new channel run a story that in 2012 india will take over china economically …. it will be the year for india… the only thing India has taken over china is Corruption and conning racism… and religious bashing
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Sports Ministry of India has big task ahead to save it’s face.
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naveen (bangalore) 8 hrs ago
Sports minister has got responsibility to get the genes either by marrying chinese girl and start production or send players to Beijing to get genes transplant.
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avg_hindu_guy (usa) 7 hrs ago
I think only way we can do better in Olympics is merge with China..Let China rule India for 100 years like British. Only outsiders can do good for this country. Insiders only eat it out.
Chaya Balram (San Francisco, California) replies to avg_hindu_guy
dumb !! instead china will do worse after the merger !!
Raj (Tokyo ) 7 hrs ago
It is in their genes which is obviously correct.. The east asian race which includes china, Japan, Korea, Indonesia etc were originally shorter people with far better reflex than the muscular counterparts.. Sports like table tennis and badminton are about reflex and techniques, which comes naturally to them.. Nowadays, people are no longer short but they still retain the reflexes of their ancestors, which can do wonders if properly trained.. There are some good players in countries like Japan and Korea also, but the level of local competitions is much lower than the Chinese.. The sheer level of competition within china makes them stand out from the rest of the world..
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Rustom (Surat) replies to Raj 6 hrs ago
Who told you Chinese are shorter ? People from North of China are tall and their average height in that region is lot better than Indian average height. North China towards Beijing side play NBA basket ball and they are pretty good in height.
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Raj replies to Rustom
Buddy.. Please read my message fully.. I said they were originally short and no longer short now..We are talking about genes here, and if I guess the term “Originally” should imply that I am talking about their ancestors far back in the past..
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Who knows ,may be indian genes are specialist in some unknown games
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I have been to China many many times, they are extremely focused, hard working and very helpful. Practice pays…
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jayanta pukhram (new delhi) 6 hrs ago
china may be the greatest rival of our country… but we can learn how they improve their sports in such a short period.. it should not be shame to learn good things from others… Indian authority should mind it… not minding in how to earn money…
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Debashish Sarbadhikari (kolkata)
Chinese products may not last long, but China’s supremacy in sports is undeniable. We must learn from it.
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King SG (Chennai)
So can we say Chinese are good playing over the table and Indians are very good playing under the table?
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Indian (India) 6 hrs ago
Its not in their genes its in their habit, they use chopsticks for eating (even rice) at an very early age which makes their wrists very strong and fast every time you eat your are doing exercise. It helps them in Badminton and TT. All our TT players/Badminton players start using chopsticks 🙂 . Having said that nobody should take away the hard work and disciple they put in, they have facilities which allow sports person to fully focus on his games (unlike in India ) and don’t have to work as laborers or turn in to Dacoits .
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不是基因造成的，而在于他们的习惯。他们很早就开始使用筷子吃东西（甚至吃饭也是），结果他们的手腕灵活又强有力。每次吃饭都在做运动，对他们打乒乓球和羽毛球有帮助。我们所有的乒乓球运动员和羽球运动员都开始使用筷子 🙂 我说过，没有人能泯灭他们所付出的努力，他们有供运动员使用的设施，能够让他们完全专注所从事运动，不必去充当劳工或者沦落为达利特。
nicky narwani (hongkong)
we have many NRI in many countries, but mostly are busy in making money no time for sports
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Kiran (Assam) 6 hrs ago
Why not give ciizenship to few chinese TT and badminton players. We could pass them off as north eastern
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Md Muzahid Khan (Bangalore)
no wonder they win all the TT matches….give a few of the players Indian citizenship and we have a winners then…!!!!!!
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NJ (Surat) replies to Md Muzahid Khan
If only you could find a Chinese person who willingly wants Indian Citizenship.
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They are trained extremely hard to reach that level, as we go to school in India, they do their training. And Some of them are born just to play for the country. Its all about hard work and focus, they don`t cram about exam marks !
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asimc1941 (Kol 700 008)
The Chinese are people of shortest height in the whole world (if we agree on discarding Gulliver) – was our childhood information/knowledge/belief. They were well known as opium-loving laziest people in the whole world!
Merk (Canada) 5 hrs ago
Indians would win gold medals if there were Olympics for useless movies and useless dance and song.
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amit (India) 5 hrs ago
It is very difficult for India to do well in Olympics. A nation of weak and malnourished slumdogs cannot aspire to compete against world class athletes.Maybe if Hand Rickshaw race or Cow-Dung lifting had been Olympic sports we could have done well and won some medals
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Dinesh Prabhakar (delhi)
PING PONG DIPLOMACY IN 1970’S BY USA COULD NOT CHANGE MUCH FOR USA, WHY NOT INDIA NOW PLAYS THIS PING PONG DIPLOMACY WITH CHINA AND MAY BE RELATIONS WITH CHINA MAY CHANGE FOR GOOD FOR FOREVER!
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sankar (pune) 5 hrs ago
Though china is enemy to us, I appreciate their talent and hard work. Salute to Chinese people for putting country first ahead of all other things. Here in India we fight with each other in the name religion/color/language/South-North and forget what we have to achieve- thanks to our genes.
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Vikas (Gurgaon) replies to sankar 4 hrs ago
Why China is enemy to us? They never thought so. They would consider Japan as their enemy rather than India.
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Sharad C. Misra (Mumbai) 5 hrs ago
Although we are not racists and are opposed to race-based discrimination we cannot wish away the reality. Most of the Gold and Silver medals in the London Olympics have been mopped up by China, belonging to Mongoloid race and America and UK , the Anglo-Saxons. The Indo-Aryans which include India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle-east countries etc. have comparatively drawn a blank. How. otherwise do you explain India having a population of 125 crores not being able to win even a single Gold ?
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why not get some chinese TT playes along with all other made in china products to india 🙂
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May be we should marry more chinese women to bear ‘fruits’ in Olympics!!!lol
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mango admi (Bangalore)
There should be ‘Non-Chinese’ reservations in Sports. International Olympic Association should also think of conducting an Olympics without Chinese participation. That will ensure that countries like ours can hope for some medals. 🙂
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Indiot (Where else) replies to mango admi 4 hrs ago
Yes, create a global caste system just like india’s. LOL
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indian (usa) 4 hrs ago
Who cares, badminton and table tennis are not real sports anyway.
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Indiot (Where else) replies to indian 4 hrs ago
Only cricket, kabbadi and guli danda are real sports played throughout the world. They should be included in the Olympics so india can win a few more medals.
FACTS (Mumbai) replies to Indiot 2 hrs ago
If cricket is played all over the world, then India has no chance of being a power house anymore
Ashok (Mumbai) 3 hrs ago
And more special is that most of the Chinese are Atheists who believe in hard work rather than the blessings of a deity. China as a Country has no religion or caste. Ofcourse there are Muslims in a certain province. But majority of China is without religion or caste.
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Kaushik (bangalore) replies to Ashok 2 hrs ago
Not true. China has all religions. But due to communism, they cannot bring religion into state affairs.
Satish (Ahmedabad) 3 hrs ago
India also won a bronze by the courtesy of a Chinese player who withdrew. I am talking about Sania Nehwal.
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