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China City Team Event 2020

Postby lhpirnie

The China City event starts today in the northern city of Xi'an. This tournament was postponed from March, and is the first official tournament to be played in China since the lockdown.

It's a teams competition, with 32 teams of 3 playing group matches and then a knockout phase, similar to the Snooker World Cup. Most of the best players who are currently in China are involved, including Mei Xiwen and Bai Langning, who have yet to return to the UK. There are many ex-professionals such as Zhang Anda, Zhang Jiankang, Li Yan, etc.

The stringest team is representing Lanzhou, comprising Mei Xiwen, Zhang Anda and the local prodigy Wu Yize. It's sponsored by a local business (Lanzhou is in Gansu Province, hometown of Wu Yize), which may explain why Zhang and Mei have been signed up.

Teams are from all over China. Even Tibet, Macau, Ningxia, etc. have a team. Yan Dong (Yan Bingtao's father) is the coach of the Shandong team.

The homepage is:
http://www.cbsa.org.cn/gnnews/2020/1120/367964.html

and the games are viewable:
http://www.cbsa.org.cn/gnnews/2020/1120/367964.html
(China is 8 hours ahead of the UK)

This is an encouraging event as previously it was announced that sporting events were not allowed until 2021. It's the first indication that maybe some professional events in China might be able to happen in the 2020-21 season.

Re: China City Team Event 2020

Postby HappyCamper

the table tennis finals are being held in china atm too, in zhengzhou. so they do appear to be opening for international sports again.

Re: China City Team Event 2020

Postby chengdufan

Where are you getting the results from this?
I had a look on the cbsa page but could only find the teams and schedule.

It seems odd that the team names are a mix of cities and provinces, but that the players are seemingly all 'ringers'.

Re: China City Team Event 2020

Postby lhpirnie

chengdufan wrote:Where are you getting the results from this?
I had a look on the cbsa page but could only find the teams and schedule.

It seems odd that the team names are a mix of cities and provinces, but that the players are seemingly all 'ringers'.

Yes the teams are franchises. The players are 'signed-up' by local sponsors.


There are daily reports on the CBSA site, and results come in through various bloggers, but it's difficult to get a full picture. The groups will be decided today and the knockout starts tomorrow.

There are several live streams available in China. In the UK, its watchable on:
https://v.zhibo.tv/6008

Re: China City Team Event 2020

Postby lhpirnie

HappyCamper wrote:Come on Guangdong!

Yes it was good to see Bai Langning playing again yesterday. He looked out of practice, so perhaps he has not played much during the lockdown. He hasn't said when he will come back to the UK, if he intends to.

Re: China City Team Event 2020

Postby lhpirnie

Draw has been made for the last-16:

Lanzhou (Wu Yize, Zhang Anda, Mei Xiwen)
Chongqing (Cao Jin, Yao Pengcheng, Pu Qingsong)

Shanghai (Zhang Yong, Long Zehuang, Yang Jiaxin)
Yixing (Luo Zetao, Liang Xiaolong, Ren Jiaxing)

Xinjiang (Ma Chunmao, Zhao Yafei, Li Jinwei)
Anhui (Chen Gang, Zhou Lei, Sheng Chuanwei)

Sichuan (Zhang Jiankang, Zhong Lin, Wang Li)
Jilin (Ciu Ming, Zheng Yubo, Chu Bingjie)

Shaanxi (Yang Qingtian, Jin Long, Li Yan)
Henan (Zhang Yang, Peng Yisong, Liu Xin)

Dongguan (Liu Hongyu, He Guoqiang, Xing Zihao)
Tibet (Qiu Yalong, Chen Ruifu, Geng Yuan)

Beijing (Cai Jianzhong, Geng Mingqi, Wang Zepeng)
Suzhou (Deng Haohui, Jiang Jun, Bai Yulu)

Jiangxi (Li Jianbing, Xie Xiang, Ma Hailong)
Guangdong (Fang Xiongman, Bai Langning, Huang Jiahao)

Lanzho remain the top favourites, having won their group games 5-0, 4-1, 5-0. There's a great match tomorrow between Beijing and Suzhou. Suzhou have three very young players, with Jiang Jun already a World U18 Champion (aged 14) and Bai Yulu a likely World Champion in the next few years.