Annual investment of 300 million yen! Under the national system of Japanese table tennis, prodigies are constantly emerging, and the national table tennis is afraid to lose at the starting line.

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 Annual investment of 300 million yen! Under the national system of Japanese table tennis, prodigies are constantly emerging, and the national table tennis is afraid to lose at the starting line.


As the leader of Chinese table tennis, what Liu Guoliang said is not without reason. Just a week after the conference, Zhang Benzhihes sister, 11-year-old Zhang Benmeihe, won the title again. She won 2 gold and 1 silver at the Hong Kong Youth Open in China.

Sun Xue, the head coach of Zhang Benmeihe, confirmed to the Peng Mei journalist that Meihe would take part in the Sino-Japanese Childrens Table Tennis Challenge. We are very happy to have such an opportunity and hope you can work together.

Zhang Benmei and he have successively defeated Chinese children.

Under the national system, Japanese table tennis prodigies emerge

The China-Japan Childrens Table Tennis Challenge Competition is the latest competition pushed by the two great table tennis powers in China and Japan. The competition is aimed at strengthening the technical, tactical and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

There is no reason for such a competition. With the success of Japans bid for the Olympic Games, Japan has shown unprecedented enthusiasm for table tennis. The Japan Table Tennis Association even invests 300 million yen (18 million RMB) annually.

The Japanese government and the Japan Table Tennis Association do invest a lot in table tennis, and the association will take these into account in its budget and other aspects. Japanese table tennis journalist Kazuo Okura told Peng Mei.

With the support of such policies, the new generation of Japans main players such as Meiyu Hirano, Meicheng Ito and Zhang Benzhihe have grown rapidly. Moreover, younger generations like Zhang Benmei and Matsushima Huikong have a tendency to catch up with their predecessors.

At the Hong Kong Youth Open, China, which ended last Sunday, Japan won five of the 12 championships. Among them, 11-year-old Zhang Benmei won the womens team and womens doubles championship, while 12-year-old Matsushima Huikong won the mens singles championship.

Both of them are undoubtedly recognized as gifted girls and gifted teenagers. Zhang Benmei and achieved three consecutive championships in the primary school group competition just completed, while Matsushima Huikong surpassed Zhang Benzhi and achieved six consecutive championships.

Because of the national system, Japanese junior players are getting stronger, which is why they are getting stronger. Xiaocang Changzi said.

Starting at the age of three or four, winning at the starting line?

Compared with Zhang Benmei, Matsushima Huikong is more like a microcosm of the development of table tennis in Japan. From grandparents to parents, the Matsushima family were all table tennis players, and their parents had achieved the top three results in the country as teenagers.

And Matsushima Huikong has long been famous in China. The picture of him sitting on the table tennis table wearing wet urine when he was 2 years old is still fresh in memory. At the age of 7, he went to Cao Yanhua Table Tennis School and was sadly crying news, the public may not be unfamiliar.

After experience, he became a demon boy in the public. At the East Asia Hope Cup held in early July, Peng Meis journalist interviewed his grandfather, Songdao Yuzhi, who was full of confidence in his grandsons future.

Xiaocang Changzi also told Peng Mei journalists that Huikong Matsushima has only one days rest every year, and weekend training is about 10 hours.

Compared with China, Japanese teenagers practice table tennis mostly influenced by their ancestors, and the practice time is relatively early. From Ai Fukuhara, Jiachun Ishikawa, to Miyu Hirano and Meicheng Ito, they basically started training at the age of three or four.

Japanese players practice table tennis early, starting at the age of 3 or 4, because they want to follow the path of Fukuhara Ai and Katsuhiro Ishikawa when they were young. Wang Rui, head coach of table tennis team at JOC Elite College in Japan, told Peng Mei News.

Liu Guoliang visited Japan in 2018.

If there is no child training, how can we come to youth training?

We must be stronger as a whole. There are individual Japanese athletes who are really talented. But we do find this problem, so our primary school enlightenment training is also gradually declining in age, which needs to be strengthened.

Chen Baoxis views coincide with Liu Guoliangs. On the scene of the conference, Liu Guoliang pointed out the problem of the long-term development of Chinese table tennis - the lack of training of children players.

Without the training and training of children, how can we come to youth training? By the time of the youth training, the young athletes were already semi-finished. From Liu Guoliangs point of view, the youth training system of table tennis in Japan has a lot to learn from.

Formal competition of China Table Tennis Federation started at 11 years old. There are some deficiencies in the cultivation of children players between 7 and 10 years old, which will lead to some disconnections in the development of young people.

In our Shanghai area, parents have more choices, so children will not necessarily choose to take the road of table tennis in the end. Japan has a relatively high degree of socialization, there are many opportunities for competition at home and abroad, children are also self-selection.

Wang Rui also believes that the professionalization of Japanese table tennis makes athletes less worried about their future. They can play until they are twenty or thirty years old and earn considerable income. Like Hirano, Ishikawa and Ito, they have not gone to college, and Zhang Ben may not go in the future.

In Chen Baoxis view, if more and more Chinese teenagers are unwilling to choose professional table tennis, it will bring more deep-seated problems such as echelon fault and talent fault, and may even affect the sustainable development of a project.

Liu Guoliang watches the Japanese T-League, Death Gaze Zhang Benzhihe.

Japan Table Tennis Association Executive Director Yasuhiro Miyazaki also generously shared Japans youth training experience. He believes that the overall level of table tennis in Japan has increased dramatically in recent years, which is related to the youth training system since 2001.

Wang Rui told Peng Mei that at present Japans National Youth Team consists of three major parts: the Olympic Elite College, the National Youth Team, and a team which is merged by the enterprise name club and the university. These three teams belong to the members of the National Youth Team. They practice together during the training and return to their mother bodies when they do not.

Liu Guoliang posed with the Organizing Committee of the T League, with Fukuhara Ai in the fourth right row.

Among them, JOC Elite College, which trains Olympic talents for Japan, has very strict selection criteria. The students must be the singles champion of the sixth grade group of primary school every year. Zhang Benzhi-he and Hirano Meiyu all come out of this college.

Maybe the young Japanese athletes have made rapid progress in recent years. He (Liu Guoliang) may want to see what kind of system is being strengthened, so he came to our team (elite college) to have a look and heard that he had dinner in our canteen. Wang Rui said with a laugh.

Table tennis is is not built by closing doors, it must be an open-ended, mutual exchanges and consultation, in order to improve faster. Of course, it is also conducive to the long-term development of the project. Chen Baoxi said.