Zhuang Zedong dies at 72

Updated: February 10, 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Three-time world table tennis champion Zhuang Zedong, a key figure in the groundbreaking "pingpong diplomacy" between China and the United States, has died at 72.

China's official Xinhua News Agency says he died Sunday after struggling with cancer since 2008.

Zhuang won new fame by presenting a gift to American player Glenn Cowan, who had inadvertently boarded a bus carrying the Chinese team at the world championships in Nagoya, Japan, in 1971.

Zhuang and Cowan ...

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