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陈凯评论/李娜退役 Kai Chen on Li Na's Retirement
陈凯评论/李娜退役 Kai Chen on Li Na's Retirementin 陈凯论坛 Kai Chen Forum 不自由，毋宁死! Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:34 pm
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Kai Chen's Comment on Li Na's Retirement
Li Na Retired from Professional Tennis But Her Courage and Achievements Remain
With Li Na’s announcement of her retirement,
“Na’s time” was concluded.
No matter, from her achievements,
the ranks and breakthroughs she’s made,
Li Na’s is a legend in the history of sport.
The relationship between her achievements and
her courage has drawn people’s attention.
At 1pm on Sep, 21, Li Na, pioneering Chinese tennis star,
held a press conference in Beijing, to announce her retirement.
Li Na: “First of all, I want to thank everybody for coming
I am also happy to meet you all in such a way
after I posted a farewell letter on my micro-blog.
Also, thank “Chinese Tennis” for offering this place
for us to meet here in person so that I can have
the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ to all of you. ”
Due to recurring and worsening knee injuries,
Li Na, who has been called “a trailblazer” in the history of tennis,
decided to retire.
Li set a host of milestones, including being the first Chinese player
to win a WTA title, the first to break into the top 20 and
the first player from Asia to win a tennis major.
She’s the first and only Grand Slam singles champion from Asia,
and she was actually two-time Grand Slam champion.
When “Na’s time” is over, no matter from her achievement,
championships, ranks and breakthroughs,
people think she is the No.1 in Asia.
Lan Shu, Chinese commentator living in America,
“Li Na’s sports career is very splendid.
In addition to her success in tennis,
what has impressed people most is her independent thinking
and her pursuit of independence.
Not many technically successful athletes have the courage
to pursue what she has pursued.”
At the end of 2002, Li Na left China’s national tennis team
because the team officials opposed her being in love
with her teammate Jiang Shan, who later became her husband.
Li’s request for a private coach
instead of a shared coach was also rejected.
In 2009, Li Na hired Sweden tennis coach,
Thomas Hogstedt as her private coach.
Chen Kai, former national basketball coach,
“Among Chinese athletes, Li Na’s pursuit of freedom is very strong.
She dares to assume the risks and then find the meaning of her life.
When she plays a game, she wouldn’t think
this is for the pride of the party.
But, she would think whether I like this sport and
whether or not I have dedicated all my energy to it and
found the meaning of my life.”
In 2 years after media commented her career as “self-employed”,
Li Na reached the final of the 2011 Australian Open for the first time.
The same year, 2011,she won her first Grand Slam at the French Open.
Chen Kai: “One has to pay a highprice to make such a choice.
It also means that only those who have a free heart can do that.
If one’s heart is enslaved, one would never choose to do that.
As a slave, safety is the first priority.
A person with a free heart, is thinking only of love for the life.”
What Li Na achieved after she left the national team
has drawn people’s attention to China’s “national “athletic system.
In the past 30 years, in badminton and ping pong national teams,
the party decides who should be champion.
It’s not a secret that athletes are forced to play fake games.
For example, He Zhili, the No.1 seeded player, refused to play
a“fake” game at the 1987 World Ping Pong Games.
She did win the championship in 1987 but was forbidden
from participating in the next year’s Olympic Games.
30 years earlier, Chinese athletes were poorly treated.
Rong Guotuan, the first Ping Pong world champion,
couldn’t bear the humiliation and torture in the Cultural Revolution
and committed suicide.
Lan Shu: “Sports serve for politics in the party’s system.
In other words, sports exist for the interest of the party.
It’s totally different from the independent personality
and thinking that Li Na has pursued.
‘Playing fake games’ is to put the party’s interest in first place.
Athletes work extremely hard, but you don’t allow them to fight
with their full potential in the game.
This system is really rotten to the core.”
On Sep 19, Li Na posted a farewell letter on her micro-blog
using 21 “thanks”, to express her thanks to her parents,
husband, first coach, her brokerage company and media.
She even thanked the athletic officials,
rumored as unable to get along with Li Na.
However, she didn’t mention a word of “thanks to the party”.
Interview & Edit/TangYin Post-Production/XiaoYan