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Chinese 'celebrity' Wang to get counseling after reported fight

10/15/2008

BEIJING -- China's national table tennis
team will give Olympic medalist Wang Hao counseling after he
reportedly got into a fight with a security guard for trying to
stop him from urinating outside a karaoke club.

Local media reports last week quoted witnesses as saying
that the two-time Olympic singles silver medalist had emerged
drunk from a karaoke club on Thursday and come to blows with
the security guard when he tried to urinate outside the
building.

"I am the famous Wang Hao! I am the world champion! Does it
matter if I beat you?" shouted the 24-year-old, according to a
witness quoted by the papers.

China's national table tennis team played down the incident
and said that Wang, who also won a team gold at the Beijing
Games, had merely had a heated exchange of words.

"There was no drunkenness or brawling. There was just an
argument," Monday's Shanghai Morning Post quoted China national
team manager Huang Biao as saying.

"Because Wang is a celebrity, the story has been
amplified."

Wang, a marquee player in China's premier table tennis
league, would nonetheless face punishment from his
army-affiliated club Bayi, the paper said, quoting the club's
coach Wang Tao, without providing further details.

Wang told state television the controversy had played a
part in his loss during a regular league match over the
weekend.

"It taught me that I have to be very careful about anything
I say or do," Wang told state broadcaster CCTV.