Table tennis marriage takes place in Japan
Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara announced on Wednesday her marriage to ChiangHung-chieh, a Chinese table tennis player from Taipei, Taiwan. The couple said at a news conference that they married on Sept 1 in Tokyo.
Fukuhara thanked her fans for their support and hinted that she would continue her athletic career.
“Most female athletes in Japan give up their career after marriage. But Chiang’s support makes me feel that I can continue my career even after our marriage,” she said, adding that she wants to show the younger generations of Japanese female athletes another option.
The 27-year-old star was regarded as a child prodigy in table tennis in Japan. She went to China, which has dominated the sport for decades, to be trained at a young age.
Fukuhara, who speaks fluentMandarin, is wellknownin China and has a large fan base.
The Japanese women’s table tennis team led by Fukuhara won a bronze medal at the Rio Summer Olympics in August.