Chinese paddlers Ma Long and Shiwen named ITTF Stars of the Year

Lisbon, Dec 10 (IANS) The Chinese table tennis team won four out of eight at the ITTF Star Awards Evening here.

World No.1 Liu Shiwen and Ma Long were named the Female and Male Table Tennis Star of the Year respectively on Wednesday, reports Xinhua.

“It is a great honour to receive this award; my thanks to the ITTF and everyone who has supported me,” said Liu.

The Star Coach was Liu Guoliang, head coach of the Chinese team, while the Star Point was Ma Long versus Fang Bo and the final of the 2015 World Championships in Suzhou.

Japanese player Mima Ito, only 15, was named Breakthrough Star of the year, while Kosovo’s mixed doubles players Linor Citaku and Vlona Maloku won the Fair Play Award.

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