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Olympic Gold Medalist Accused Of Not Paying $330,000 Casino Gambling Debt

Ping Pong Legend Fired From Coaching Job Over Scandal


A Chinese gold medalist from the 1996 Olympics has been sued by a casino in Singapore over an alleged gambling debt.

The BBC reports that a lawsuit claims that former table tennis world champion Kong Linghui owes Marina Bay Sands the equivalent of $330,000 USD. Kong denies the allegations, saying that it must have been accrued by someone else during a February 2015 gambling trip with friends and family.

Still, the 41-year-old Kong has been suspended from his job as head coach of China’s women’s table tennis team. China is largely against gambling but does allow it in Macau. The suit claims that Kong himself borrowed money from the casino and only repaid a portion of it.

“It is only until today after media reports have exposed the incident that I have learned someone had left some debt unsettled with the casino,” he said in a statement. “I am being dragged into the lawsuit. I have immediately requested the indebted to show up and clarify the facts.”

The scandal comes during the World Table Tennis Championships. “This incident has caused negative effect on the [national] team, which I feel deeply disturbed,” he added.

Marina Bay Sands is owned by Sheldon Adelson’s Nevada-based Las Vegas Sands Corp., the largest casino developer in the world in terms of gaming revenue. The casino opened in 2010.

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