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Ex-champion gymnast to work as bodyguard

2011-07-29 09:09    Ecns.cn     Web Editor: Li Heng

Baoding (CNS) -- Former champion gymnast Zhang Shangwu accepted the invitation from philanthropist Chen Guangbiao, chairman of the Jiangsu Huangpu Recycling Resources, to work as a bodyguard in the latter's company. Zhang set off for Nanjing from his hometown on the afternoon of July 27.

Born in Hebei Province, Zhang entered the national team in 1995 and became a champion at the Beijing Universiade at 18 years old in 2009. After failing to attend the Athens Olympics, he retired in 2003 and later deregistered from the provincial sports administration in 2005.

He was later jailed for theft. Recently, he was found performing on the streets in Beijing's downtown and has remained a public concern since then.

On the morning of the 27th, Zhang had an interview with the reporter in the Baoding Xinhua Bookstore. He was not convinced of the Internet news about Chen's offer until he received a call from the latter two days ago.

Chen called him in person. "I agreed immediately, without hesitation. I don't care how others think of me. It is a good opportunity," said Zhang.

He also denied a previous rumor that a sport brand was trying to contact him for business. "That is fake news. I didn't sign any contract, and hope netizens and those who care about my life trust me."

Moreover, Zhang Zhigang, the uncle of Zhang Shangwu, told us that Shangwu's grandfather is in relatively bad health, in spite of the great cares on his grandson. Thus, the family decided to let him stay behind, instead of accompanying Zhang Shangwu on his new journey.