Former table tennis great to head Chinese football

Xianghe (China), Jan 21 (IANS): China's deputy sports minister and former table tennis player Cai Zhenhua was elected president of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) here Tuesday.

In the first reshuffle of the CFA executive board in a decade, Cai was elected to replace the 75-year-old Yuan Weimin, who had remained as CFA president since 1992, reports Xinhua.

Cai, 53, won four world championships titles in his playing days and achieved greater success as a coach.

He brought the Chinese men's table tennis team back to the top after he took over in 1991, and laid the foundation for China's dominance in world championships and Olympic Games in the past two decades.

Cai was promoted to the vice president of the State General Administration of Sports in 2007.



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