S'pore national table tennis player to retire

SINGAPORE - Singapore's national table tennis player, Zhan Jian, will retire from the team due to his recurrent ​elbow injury.

According to a press release issued by Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), he was unable to participate in the Asian Games last year and 28th SEA Games this year.

Doctors have diagnosed a maturation of the scar tissue with atrophy and weakened forearm flexors in Zhan's right elbow, said the press release.

Zhan had previously competed in the men's table tennis team event at the 2012 London Olympics where the team finished top eight. He was also ranked world number ​23 in Dec 2012.

His other achievements include scoring four golds at the 2013 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships and also leading Singapore to victory in the singles and team events at the SEA Games 2013.

Ms Ellen Lee Geck Hoon PBM, Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC & President, STTA said: "The STTA would like to take this opportunity to thank Zhan Jian for his dedication and commitment to excellence in table tennis that have brought about much glory to Singapore and enhanced the sport among younger Singaporeans who aspire to be like him​. Zhan Jian has shown great dedication and passion for his sport and is a true inspiration for all Singaporeans."

In response to his retirement, Zhan said: "It has been a great sporting journey and I would like to thank Singapore for giving me so many opportunities. I would also ​like to thank STTA for nurturing and supporting me. Last but not least, special thanks to my fellow Singaporeans, teammates, coaches and fans whom have supported me throughout these years."

Zhan's last day of service will be on Aug 31.