The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Veteran table tennis player Li Jiawei retires


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.