On October 21st, in the hotel where she was staying in Shanghai, Mima Ito, who had been in China for 3 days, posted a video and photo to celebrate her 20th birthday on the Internet.
She wrote on Instagram: "I am 20 years old today, and I have received a lot of blessings. Thank you all.
"I have been moved and laughed by everyone, and I will continue to work hard today. I hope my 20-year-old can have the same joy and love as before."
For humans and athletes, COVID-19 is the common enemy.
When the new crown pneumonia raged at the beginning of this year, the Chinese table tennis team that participated in the German Open on January 26 faced a situation where they could not return home.
At that time, the Qatar Table Tennis Association extended a hand of friendship. Guoping did not choose to return to China, but instead flew directly to Doha, the capital of Qatar, and made the local place as its temporary foothold.
During the period in Doha, the Chinese table tennis team received great help from the Qatar Table Tennis Association.
After learning that the Chinese table tennis team is coming to prepare for the game, the Qatar Table Tennis Association prepared 15 tables and 2,000 table tennis in just 24 hours, contacted hotels, training facilities, and provided good medical equipment. .
The Chinese table tennis team composed of 29 players and 8 coaches did not show any discomfort in Kalta.
At that time, the Japanese Table Tennis Association was also concerned about the situation of the Chinese national team.
As the host of China's biggest opponent, Japan, worried that the Chinese table tennis team would not be able to participate in the Olympics, so proposed a plan to host the Chinese team to Japan for training.
According to the Japanese magazine "RALLYS", only China had a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19 at that time, and Japan had no problems.
Therefore, the Japan Table Tennis Association and the Chinese sports related parties in Japan worked together to find a training center for the Chinese table tennis team in Asahi City, Chiba Prefecture, which can receive accommodation for 50 Chinese table tennis delegations until the start of the Olympic Games. .
This was once the venue for Japan’s 2011 World Youth Table Tennis Domestic Trial.
One month later, on the evening of February 27, the Japanese new crown epidemic showed an expanding trend.
After the then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the temporary suspension of primary and secondary schools across the country, the Foreign Affairs Bureau and the Sports Department of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan continued to promote Chinese table tennis to Japan.
In fact, when news came out that the Chinese table tennis team might come to Japan for training, the Chinese table tennis team became a contender.
In addition to Asahi City, several local governments, including Musashino City, Tokyo, have requested reception.
And in the contact, the Chinese side once said that training in one place before the Olympics may cause the players to fatigue, maybe it is better to determine two training centers.
However, with the increase in the number of people infected with the new crown pneumonia in Japan, Tokyo has also begun a quasi-blocking mode, and the Chinese national team gave up the idea of going to Japan at the end of March.
"RALLYS" said: defeating China is the biggest wish of the Japan Table Tennis Association, and most people would think how they would send salt and food to the enemy. But the leaders of the Japan Table Tennis Association don't think so.
Japanese table tennis head coach Miyazaki Yoshihito said: "We hope to make more friends through table tennis and contribute to world peace. To learn from each other to improve technology, this is what table tennis people should do. So we wanted to help the Chinese team It is also for this reason."
Although he could not go to Japan, Liu Guoliang, chairman of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, sent a letter of thanks to the Japan Table Tennis Association and Asahi City through his friends.
In the letter of appreciation, Liu Guoliang wrote: “For the Chinese table tennis team’s plan to go to Japan for training, the Japan Table Tennis Association, the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japanese Sports Department, especially everyone from Asahi City, prepare training grounds, hotels, and transportation for us. I have troubled, thank you very much... The Chinese Table Tennis Association and the Chinese team thank you from the heart for your support."
"RALLYS" commented: Although China standing in front of Japan is so powerful, it is an opponent that hopes to surpass, not an enemy that hates each other.
On July 10, the State Sports General Administration of China issued a document entitled "Scientific and Orderly Resumption of Sports Events and Activities to Promote the Resumption of Work and Production in the Sports Industry".
The plan pointed out that China's domestic low-risk areas can resume sports events and activities in an orderly and orderly manner, and open sports facilities in an orderly and comprehensive manner. Except for important events such as the Beijing Winter Olympics test competition, in principle no other international sports will be held in 2020. Events and events.
This news immediately caused a great commotion in the world, because it was tantamount to announcing that China would no longer hold any international competitions in 2020.
International organizations represented by the International Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the International Professional Tennis Federation (ATP) hurriedly asked China, but they got quite decisive answers—the China Open, the Shanghai Masters and the WTA finals were all cool Up.
The AFC, which has a very high ratings, has not found a venue in all of East Asia and has to move to the Middle East.
In order to defeat the epidemic, China's sports department is cautious.
When the rematches of sports events in South Korea, Germany and Japan, China did not steal the limelight. It was not until the beginning of July that the bubble-type tournament system was launched, and the CBA and the Super League were gradually released under a strict isolation system.
Because of strict international flight and quarantine requirements, many international competitions and foreign players have been blocked from the country.
However, the national football has become an exception to this strictly enforced "Resumption of Work and Production Plan".
The national table tennis team, which was helped by Qatar and Japan, began to give back to the international community amidst difficulties.
After receiving an inquiry from the ITTF, at the beginning of September, the Chinese Table Tennis Association negotiated with the local Weihai government and conducted a thorough demonstration. It finally decided to take over the three major events of the Men's and Women's Table Tennis World Cup and the ITTF Tour Finals.
spared no effort to send charcoal to the ITTF, showing the responsibility of the world's table tennis power.
The schedule of these three events is tight. They are the Women's Table Tennis World Cup from November 8th to 10th; the Men's Table Tennis World Cup from November 13th to 15th. The finals will be placed on December 19th to 22nd one month later.
This means that Weihai will receive nearly 100 players and staff from all over the world within one and a half months.
The venue was placed at the Nanhai Olympic Center in Weihai.
The event center is one of the projects developed by the famous Chinese table tennis player Wang Nan's husband Guo Bin. It can be regarded as a fashionable sports town concept in the past few years.
The total construction area here is about 65,000 square meters, consisting of competition venues, badminton training halls, table tennis halls, hotels, villas, and outdoor ancillary projects.
Among them, the construction area of the competition and training venues is approximately 44,623 square meters.
Such a venue that integrates food, lodging and competition is very suitable for the holding of bubble-type isolated competitions.
Of course, the national table tennis can be approved, which has a lot to do with China's success in fighting the epidemic. After all, there have been great changes now compared to when the "Sports Industry Resumption Work Plan" was promulgated in July.
After the stress test of 600 million trips during the Golden Week of November, China’s epidemic prevention safety model and safety factor have been verified; and the successful hosting of CBA and Super League events has also boosted the confidence of domestic sports events.
It is enough to effectively control the entry of foreign infected persons.
Therefore, China's biggest opponents such as Mima Ito and Tomo Kazuo Zhang got the opportunity to compete for the first time in 8 months.
因此，中国最大的对手，例如伊藤美马（Mima Ito）和张友和（Tomo Kazuo Zhang）有机会在8个月内首次参加比赛。
In the past 8 months, the biggest opponents of the Chinese team are also drooling while watching China's domestic Olympic simulation games eagerly.
While using bubbles to host the T League, the Japan Table Tennis Association also organized a confrontation between male and female national players. But this kind of confrontation is far from being compared with the Chinese masters.
When they left for China 3 weeks in advance, Mima Ito and Yoshizumi Ishikawa all expressed their desire for the game in online interviews.
Ito Mima said: "In order to get a good sign for the Olympics, you must get points. I hope to get good results in China and return to Japan to toast and celebrate."
It is reported that China will conduct at least two new coronary pneumonia tests in order to fully protect overseas athletes.
And they must be quarantined in Shanghai first. After the infection period, they will take a special bus to Weihai through 900 kilometers of land.
This kind of rematch treatment, in addition to the Winter Olympics, only the national football can enjoy.