Deng Yaping

 Deng Yaping
  • Deputy Secretary, Chinese Communist Youth League Beijing Municipal Committee
    Beijing Municipal Government

Deng Yaping is a Chinese table tennis player, who won six world championships and four Olympic championships between 1989 and 1997. She is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. When she retired at the age of 24, she had won more titles than any other player in the sport, including four Olympic gold medals, and had been 18 times world champion in table tennis. From 1990 to 1997, she retained the title of world number one ranked female table tennis player for eight years. She was voted Chinese female athlete of the century and joined the International Table Tennis Federation Hall of Fame in 2003. After retiring at the end of the 1997 season, Deng served on the International Olympic Committee's ethics and athlete's commissions. She is also a Member of the elite Laureus World Sports Academy and a Member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. In April 2009, she took office as the Deputy Secretary, China Communist Youth League Beijing Committee.