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New age restriction will force countries to develop talent

Updated: March 13, 2008, 12:39 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- China is almost certain to dominate table tennis at the Beijing Olympics in August. Its hegemony won't stop at the borders, either. Players originally from China will be key to the Olympic prospects of countries from Singapore to the Republic of Congo.

However, a new rule approved recently in international table tennis could change all that before the 2012 London Olympics.

Players 21 or older will no longer be permitted to switch to a new country or association at ...

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