World Professionals Team helping to promote table tennis
The International Table Tennis Federation World Professionals, a team consisting of six foreign association players, has been drawing lots of attention at the Chinese Table Tennis Super League (CTTSL) in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province.
Chinese Table Tennis Association President Liu Guoliang believes the good performance of the multinational squad is beneficial to the development of the sport around the world.
The World Professionals had two matches on Wednesday. They lost 3-0 to Shandong Luneng but then beat Beijing Shougang 3-1 in the afternoon.
It's the first time for an independent international team to compete in the CTTSL, although players from foreign associations have featured before.
Their participation came about because of joint efforts of the ITTF and the Chinese Table Tennis Association.