Table Tennis Blog
Table Tennis is predominantly dominated by China, furthermore non-table tennis players associate the sport with Chinese people.
Fortunately, and unfortunately the game is in fact heavily dominated by China. I say both fortunately and unfortunately because having the largest population on the planet enables our sport to flourish in front of millions. Unfortunately, the sport gains little credibility outside of China and has a huge impact on the sport which is possibly the most dominated sport on the planet by a single nation.
Many sports flourish due to unpredictable outcomes. Leicester FC is a wonderful example of Footballing unpredictability! This gives the sport a sense of "anything can happen" we all love miracles and spectators can watch in hope even if they are the underdogs. Where in sports like Table Tennis, even a non-TT player will say "are the Chinese still the best?" The outcome is known by everyone and this currently disables the sport for both players and spectators!
But after 7 years we have a new non-Chinese world no.1 Dimitri Oscharov. Dima has done something which many wouldn't believe possible. Due to the dominance of fellow competitors: Zhang Jike, Ma Long, Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong but Dima has managed to take the no.1 spot despite this formidable opposition.
What does this mean?
It gives hope!
Everyone on the tour now can see that you don't have to be Chinese to be world no.1 and if you work hard, smart and believe in yourself and your team, you can achieve the unthinkable!
I've always believed Dima could reach this position, I don't think he is the most talented player nor do I believe he is the best player but boy, does he possess desire. The new ranking system is based on current form which I like and hope to see this implemented in England. Dima's vision, belief and desire is unquestionably the highest I've seen in over a decade. Before Dima it was players like Jean-Micheal Saive, Jean-Philip Gatien and Wenger Schlager. These past European players where not the most gifted like Waldner, Samsonov, Karakasovic and Appelgren. But they possessed heart's of a lion, it was written all over their body language and beamed through their eyes like a tiger.
Will seeing Dima's 'Grit' in achieving his goal, others players will be inspired and obtain that belief required to achieve greatness.
Hopefully Dima’s achievement will encourage more players around the globe to step up, and possibly then we could see a rejuvenated sport. More worldly competition can also introduce new pathways for growth and development both from within and outside the sport of table tennis.
If you desire something enough it will more often than not, find a way into your life, so go and make your vision happen.
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