Few days ago, I voiced my displeasure against using foreign talent to represent a foreign country in a sports event. ALL paddlers representing Singapore in this year's Olympics are from China. This trend is being seen in many other countries e.g. United States, Germany, Australia, e.t.c. It is an interesting phenomenon.
From Red Sports, 25% of all table tennis players at Beijing Olympics are from China but are representing their new country. Some like Gao Jun, who won silver for China in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics, emigrated to the USA and am now playing for USA.
Currently, all table tennis players who got into the women's semi finals at Beijing Olympics are born in China (3 representing China and 1 for Singapore). One thing I am certain is no matter what, all of these medalists (gold, silver or bronze) will be able to understand the China's national anthem should China win eventually.
Women (29 China-born athletes out of 78 singles players or 37%)
Lay Jian Fang
Sang Stephanie Xu
Xian Yi Fang
Tan Monfardini Wenling
Dang Ye Seo
Ni Xia Lian
Li Jia Wei
Wang Yue Gu
Men (11 China-born athletes out of 77 singles players or 14%)
He Zhi Wen
The Chinese sporting diaspora: one-quarter of all table tennis players at Beijing Olympics are from China
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