One of the maximum players in the history of ping pong found himself in the global limelight this week, not for their accomplishments in dining table tennis, but rather for his apparent failures at the tables in a casino.
Kong Linghui ended up being like the Michael Jordan of ping pong, a likeness even to the position in gambling troubles that he allegedly got himself.
Kong Linghui, advisor of the Chinese women’s table tennis team, was summoned on Monday to return to China just as the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships were getting underway in Germany. He has been suspended from the united team in the wake of a scandal over gambling debts.
Kong, a 41-year-old former champion considered one of the best players in the real history of 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 nearly $720,000 in markers.
Alleged Debts and Gambling Regrets
A popular Chinese social media site, to explain that the debts weren’t his on Tuesday, Kong posted on Weibo. He said he visited the casino in Lion City, Singapore, with friends and family, and utilized his line of credit so they could play while he ‘sat and observed.’
‘It is only until today after media reports have exposed the incident he said in a statement (as translated by Google) on Weibo that I have learned someone had left some debt unsettled with the casino. ‘we am