Ta­ble ten­nis mar­riage takes place in Ja­pan

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Tokyo

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.

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