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OK, sure, the Olympics are traditionally based on competition between nations as much as it's a competition for the individual athletes. I'm good with that.

But why in all other INDIVIDUAL events should nationality be a qualifying factor at all? If a player wants to move to the United States or to Austria (like Amelie Solja) why should that matter? They should be able to play whenever or wherever their ability takes them without restriction.

(I suspect I know the answer already...i.e., the Chinese and a few other major TT countries don't want to lose "control" over their second-tier players.)

 

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OK, sure, the Olympics are traditionally based on competition between nations as much as it's a competition for the individual athletes. I'm good with that.

But why in all other INDIVIDUAL events should nationality be a qualifying factor at all? If a player wants to move to the United States or to Austria (like Amelie Solja) why should that matter? They should be able to play whenever or wherever their ability takes them without restriction.

(I suspect I know the answer already...i.e., the Chinese and a few other major TT countries don't want to lose "control" over their second-tier players.)

 

The arguments are:
1. World table tennis events are less attractive when most of the participants are Chinese or formerly Chinese citizens.
2. Imported Chinese players on national teams hinder the development of local talent.

I disagree with both, by the way.

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I understand a stand-down time, but for a 16year old who has immigrated it still could be a 5 year wait, thet should reduce these time brackets by more years

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Major League Soccer in the USA has a policy which limits the maximum number of foreign players that can play for a team to eight. Maybe that is an idea the ITTF can adopt.

For example, a rule that a national team must be at least 50% homegrown talent and the rest can be naturalized citizens. This would keep the pipelines of top talent flowing into our countries, but avoid situations like the Singapore women's team.

If some of the superstars on the downslide like Wang Liqin came to a lot of our countries, he'd still be the best player for probably 10-15 years and his presence would certainly raise the level of those around him.

This seems more logical than a complete ban on veteran players.

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