In quarantine, table tennis star keeping sharp with game console

10/24/2020 06:27 PM
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Table tennis player Cheng I-ching at the 2018 Asian Games. CNA file photo
Table tennis player Cheng I-ching at the 2018 Asian Games. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜), Taiwan's top ranked female table tennis player, is using a game console to try to stay sharp as she sits in quarantine in China ahead of the first 2020 Women's World Cup event since March.

Cheng first arrived Thursday in Shanghai, where she is being quarantined for three days, and will then head to Weihai in Shandong Province and be quarantined for four days before she can begin actual training for the event that opens on Nov. 8.

The world No. 8 in the International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF's) women's singles rankings bought her first game console, a Nintendo Switch, before leaving for China to pass the time she figured she would be spending alone in a hotel room, Cheng said Friday.

"My friends and I tried the console once when we went to a gym. I thought it was fun and was pretty challenging," Cheng said in explaining why she decided to buy one to train while on her own.

Cheng uses her recently bought game console during quarantine in Shanghai.

Cheng is one of four Taiwanese expected to compete in the ITTF event, the first since the sport's tournament schedule was disrupted in March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cheng and world No. 26 Chen Tzu-yu (陳思羽) will compete in the women's three-day event, while the two others, world No. 7 Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) and No. 30 Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵), will arrive in Weihai at a later date for the men's event from Nov. 13 to 15.

After Weihai, Cheng and Lin, ranked fourth in the world in mixed doubles, will head to the Chinese city of Chengzhou for the 2020 ITTF Final from Nov. 19 to 22.

Although the pair only made it to the semifinals of last year's ITTF Final event, they still managed to secure a ticket to the now postponed Tokyo Olympics after that tournament.

(By Lung Po-an and Kay Liu) enditem/ls

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