One of the greatest players into the reputation for ping pong found himself in the global limelight this week, not for his accomplishments in dining table tennis, but rather for his apparent failures at the tables in a casino.
Kong Linghui was just like the Michael Jordan of ping pong, a likeness even to the position he allegedly got himself in gambling problems.
Kong Linghui, mentor of the Chinese women’s ping pong team, had been summoned on Monday to return to Asia just as the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships were getting underway in Germany. He’s got been suspended from the group in the wake of a scandal over gambling debts.
Kong, a 41-year-old former champion considered one of the biggest players in the annals associated with the game, was named in a lawsuit filed in Hong Kong that alleged he stiffed the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino in 2015 on almost $720,000 in markers.
Alleged Debts and Gambling Regrets
On Tuesday, Kong posted on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media marketing website, to explain that the debts weren’t his. He said he visited the casino in Lion City, Singapore, with friends and family, and used his personal credit line so they could play while he ‘sat and observed.’
‘It is only until today after news reports have exposed the incident that I have discovered some one had kept some debt unsettled with the casino,’ he said in a statement (as translated by Bing) Continue reading “Chinese Ping Pong Legend Suspended Over Gambling Debts with Sands Casino in Singapore”