A table tennis team from the People's Republic of China, playing the first match of its United States tour in Detroit on Friday (14 April) easily won the contest by beating a United States team by five games to one.
SV Chinese & American teams enter arena
SV People applaud
LV Sign Send Us Our POWs - not Ping pong players
LV US & China flags & welcome banner
GV Men's singles Ke-Liang & Sweeris (China scores point)
SCU Ke-Liang scores
SV Finish of match Sweeris wins both shake hands & with umpire
SV Women's singles Shih Ping-Lin v Wendy Hicks
LV Final stages Shih Ping-Lin wins both shake hands
GV Mixed doubles PAN cheering crowd
SV Chinese team wave to crowd
Initials SGM/2344 SGM/2300
SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: A table tennis team from the People's Republic of China, playing the first match of its United States tour in Detroit on Friday (14 April) easily won the contest by beating a United States team by five games to one.
The only game won by the United States was in the men's singles where Dell Sweeris of Grand Rapids, Michigan beat Liang Ke-Liang who is a member of the Men's World Champion team.
The tour by the Chinese players returns a visit made to the People's Republic last year by a group of United States table tennis players. That tour was hailed as a success - and widely seen as a breakthrough in relations between the United States and China.
Finances for the tour by the Chinese players are being provided by the National Committee on United States-China relations - a non-profit making organisation established in 1966.
The Chinese sportsmen will play four further matches in the United States - at Washington (17 April), New York (20 April), Memphis (22 April) and Los Angeles (24 April).
SYNOPSIS: Cobo Hall in Detroit on Friday - and for a touring table tennis team from the People's Republic of China, the first match of their United States tour. Twelve thousand people packed the stadium and there was loud applause as the teams marched in.
A small group of demonstrators made their presence known....but for the most part the welcome was a warm one.
Of the six games - only this was won by the home team. It's between Liang Ke-Liang - a Chinese member of the Men's World Champion Team, and Dell Sweeris of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The closing stages of the match...and Sweeris needing one point to win. It comes...and the United States claim their only victory of the evening.
In the Women's Singles, this year's United States champion is nearest the camera. She is Wendy Hicks. Her opponent is Shih Ping-Lin. The Chinese player quickly got the upper hand - even though Wendy Hicks managed to win back some of the points during the last few minutes. Here's how the match ended...a win for the Chinese team.
The tournament ended with a good-natured game involving mixed doubles...with a member of the United States team and one from China on each side of the net. The Chinese have another four matches to play in the United States before they leave for home towards the end of this month.