Table Tennis: World champion Liu left out of China's Olympics singles roster

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2019 World Table Tennis Championships

(Reuters) - World champion Liu Shiwen was left out of China's women's singles roster for this year's Tokyo Olympics after they announced a six-member team on Sunday.

Liu, who won the women's singles world title in 2019, will instead play in the women's doubles and mixed doubles team.

The 30-year-old, ranked seventh in the world, won a team title with China at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"There are too many unsure things and challenges and we need a squad full of experience and confidence, adding to top-class individual skills," Liu Guoliang, president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, was quoted as saying in Xinhua news agency.

World number one Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha were named for women's singles and reigning Olympic champion Ma Long along with world number one Fan Zhendong were selected for men's singles.

Asian powerhouse China have won all but four of the 32 table tennis gold medals since the sport was first included at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988.

The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23-Aug 8.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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