China`s TT legend to head Communist party`s news portal
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 12:54
Beijing: China's Table tennis legend Deng Yaping has been made head of the influential news internet search engine launched by the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily.

Deng, 37, the former world and Olympic table tennis champion who later got a Doctorate in Economics from Cambridge University has been nominated to serve as President of goso. cn, a news search engine launched by People's Daily in July. She has also been made the Deputy Secretary-General of People's Daily, official media here reported.

According to Beijing News, People's Daily made an internal announcement about Deng's appointments last week and is waiting for feedback to make it official.

"Deng is not a layperson. She received a doctorate in economics from Cambridge University. Her fighting spirit as an athlete and the experience she acquired working on the Olympics will, undoubtedly, bring a new perspective to the roles," Gong Yuguo, vice-president of said.

Her appointment attracted media attention as it was rare that high profile jobs that too party's official organ were given to persons other than hardcore cadre of the party.

If confirmed, the new positions, at the department level in China's bureaucratic hierarchy, will be a further step in Deng's political career, state run China Daily said.

Deng currently has been appointed as deputy secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Youth League of China last year.

After taking to table tennis at the age of five, Deng went on to earn a reputation as one of the world's greatest women's players in the history of the game.

In a sporting career spanning two decades, Deng won more titles than any other paddler. At the time of her retirement from the sport in 1997, she had four Olympic gold medals and 18 world championship titles to her credit.

She reigned as world No 1 from 1990 to 1997 and was voted China's female athlete of the century. In 2003, she entered the International Table Tennis Federation Hall of Fame.


First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 12:54

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