Ma Long: Win Glory For My Country

From China People’s Daily

Ma Long
Ma Long
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From China People’s Daily:

I am Ma Long, a Chinese table tennis player.

Now, I am working hard to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics and launch an impact on the third Olympic journey of my career.

In 1959, Rong Guotuan won the first world championship for New China Sports.

His victory made a national sensation and greatly inspired the national spirit.

For decades, the Chinese table tennis team has worked hard and continued to struggle, winning a total of 244 gold medals in the world’s three major competitions (the Olympic Games, the World Championships, and the World Cup).

Being in such a group is stressful for me, but it is also a kind of motivation.

I know that I must go all out to write a youth without regrets with struggle.

I started practicing at the age of 5 and joined the national team at the age of 15. I have played table tennis for 27 years.

When I was a child, I heard the story of Rong Guotuan’s battle on the field. My heart was surging, and it inspired me to fight for the first place without fear of a strong opponent.

In the fourth round of men’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, facing the fierce offensive of my opponents, I adjusted my state in time when I was behind. I was brave enough to catch up, and finally won four games in a row. At that Olympics, I won my first men’s singles Olympic gold medal and achieved a personal grand slam.

When the national anthem is playing and the national flag is flying high, I feel how honorable it is to win glory for the country. The honor of our country is above all is a firm belief that is in our blood.

Between 2018 and early 2019, I stayed away from the international arena for 8 months due to injury. It was the most difficult period of my career. The uncertainty of recovery from injury honed my will, but I never thought of giving up, because table tennis has become an irreplaceable and part of my life.

I told myself that as long as there was still a chance, I couldn’t give up.

When you are in a trough and there is no way to retreat, there is only an upward path in front of you.

In the 2019 Budapest World Table Tennis Championships, I won the men’s singles championship for the third time in a row, becoming the first male athlete to achieve this achievement after 1965.

These experiences made me realize that the love for table tennis and the motherland has long been integrated into my bones and flowing in my blood.

It is my unremitting goal to fight for the glory of my country.

We want to renew the glory of Chinese table tennis.

We also want to contribute more to building a strong sports country and deliver more positive energy.

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