Lei over McGowan in ping pong classic

Lei over McGowan in ping pong classic

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 09:57
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Lei Kezhong ping pong
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Lei Kezhong ping pong
Lei Kezhong Mark McGowan

Western Australia’s Table Tennis Centre in East Victoria Park recently hosted the highest-profile match in its history, with Chinese Consul-General Lei Kezhong challenging Premier Mark McGowan to a game of ping pong.

The match was one of the highlights of the Australia China Business Association-China Chamber of Commerce Australia’s annual ping pong tournament, running in its third iteration in 2017.

Mr Lei was in control throughout the good-natured match, but was surprised by several deft shots from Mr McGowan, who rallied in the second set to force a decisive game three.

But Mr Lei was too good in the third for the premier, showing off a vast array of drop shots and topspin manoeuvres, as well as a devastating serve.

Mr McGowan admitted after the game he was overmatched, largely because his usual opponents across the ping pong table were his two young children.