A table tennis team from the People's Republic of China began a series of international matches against South American teams in Lima, Peru on Friday (May 19).
GV Amauta sports stadium
SV Table tennis teams file in (Chinese first)
SV Chinese Ambassador & wife & other officials greet players
GV & CU Peruvian players (3 shots)
CU Chinese woman player
SV Chinese captain presents penant
SV ZOOM IN TO Penants exchanged
SV Ambassador & Chinese champion applaud
SV & CUs Play starts with Chinese serving, play continues (3 shots)
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Background: A table tennis team from the People's Republic of China began a series of international matches against South American teams in Lima, Peru on Friday (May 19).
The team, consisting of 31 players and officials, is expected to stay in Peru for about 10 days and will play teams from Chile, Columbia and Ecuador as well as Peru.
The Chinese team took the honours in the opening games when they won six of eight games against Peru -- watched by a capacity crowd of 20,000 in Lima's Amauta Stadium, a former bullring.
In the opening game, Tsu-Pin defeated Luis Legarda of Peru 21-16, 21-12 but Legarda later teamed with Antonio Gomez to win the men's doubles.
SYNOPSIS: Under the dome of a former bullring in Lima, the Peruvian capital, a table-tennis team from the People's Republic of China is taking on the alive teams of Peru and other South American countries this week. The Chinese ambassador to Peru was among officials to welcome the Chinese team...who'll also be playing teams from Chile. Colombia and Ecuador during their visit.
The Peruvian team joined in the applause as the Chinese players entered the Amauta sports stadium...packed to capacity with twenty-thousand spectators.
In the opening game, Tau-Pin a left-handler using a penholder grip..had little trouble staying ahead of peru's Luis Legarda, who lost the set sixteen-twenty-one, twelve-twenty-one. The Chinese players went on to take six of the eight honours.