An eleven-strong table tennis team from The People's Republic of China arrived in Kenya on Friday (September 29) during its African goodwill tour.
SV Nairobi airport building
SV Aircraft taxies in
SV Chinese Charge d'Affaires Shan & Kenyan table tennis team
SV Shan & Kasyoka & party approach aircraft, Chinese down steps & greeted (2 shots)
SCU Kenyans & Chinese in jovial mood
GV Group pose for press
SV Kenyan girl watch from balcony
SV Party across tarmac & meet other Kenyan officials (3 shots)
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Background: An eleven-strong table tennis team from The People's Republic of China arrived in Kenya on Friday (September 29) during its African goodwill tour. The team, the same one which came thirds in the Asian championships in Peking the previous week, included one of China's most experienced table tennis players -- 32-year-old Liang Mu-sen. He's played for China for the past five years.
Most of the team members were in their early twenties. Several women were included, and reports from Kenya said the team was expected to outclass the Kenyan players they were scheduled to meet in a series of matches throughout the country.
SYNOPSIS: Nairobi airport was the scene of a big occasion for Kenyan table tennis fans on Saturday -- for the national team of The People's Republic of China arrived for a series of matches during its African goodwill tour. The visitors were welcomed by a crowd of Kenyan officials and sportsmen, including Kenyan Table Tennis Association President Mr. John Kasyoka. Also there to great them was Chinese Charge d'Affair Mr. Wei Pao Shan.
The visitors and their hosts were in a happy mood. Most of the Chinese players were young -- in their early twenties -- but the team, the same one that played in the Asian championships in Peking the previous week. did include one of China's most experienced players. He's thirty-two-year-old Liang Mu-sen, who's played for his country for five years.
The visiting players were due to meet the Kenyan national team on October the fourth and fifth. The Chinese team, reckoned to be one of the best in the world, only came third in the Asian championships -- but despite this, reports said it still outclassed the Kenyans, and was expected to win most of not all of the matches.