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Veteran table tennis player Li Jiawei retires

Published on Dec 27, 2012 3:18 PM
 
Singapore's paddler Li Jiawei in action at the 2012 World Team Table Tennis Championships held in Dortmund on March 26, 2012. The 31-year-old is calling it a day on a career that included appearances at four Olympics. -- PHOTO: INTERNATIONAL TABLE TENNIS FEDERATION / REMY GROS

Veteran table tennis player Li Jiawei is calling it a day on a career that included appearances at four Olympics.

The Singapore Table Tennis Association made the announcement Thursday afternoon at its Toa Payoh headquarters.

The 31-year-old, who has not played since being part of the bronze-winning team at the 2012 Olympics, had been battling injury since returning from London. She was also part of the team that won silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and also contributed to Singapore's victory over China at the World Team Championships in 2010 to become world champions.

Team-mate Sun Beibei also announced her retirement as a player, but will continue to serve as a youth coach for the students in the School Within A School programme at the Singapore Sports School.