Ian Teh

Weifang, Shandong Province, CHINA

A student at a table-tennis practice session. China is the only country in the world with academies dedicated to table-tennis, a sport most countries consider a recreation room pastime. At the Luneng Table-Tennis School in Shandong province, 230 boarding students crowd a gymnasium set up with 80 ping-pong tables. In the morning, children train for around four hours. A few hours of academic classes are held in the afternoon - more than at many other sports schools. Three times a week students also hone their table-tennis skills in the evening. The only unscheduled hours come on Sunday afternoon. Most kids only see their parents twice a year. "China's so good at ping-pong because we train harder than anyone else," says Xu Mengjie, a pigtailed 10 year old standing under a giant banner that exhorts: Fight For Your Country. "I always feel like I need to work harder, because that's the only way I can become an Olympic champion."

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Ian Teh
Weifang, Shandong Province
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