Zhang Jike.

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[Reporter Liang Weiming/Comprehensive Report] Zhang Jike, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in Chinese table tennis, has recently been exposed frequently, accusing him of using the private videos of his ex-girlfriend and well-known actress Jing Tian to pay off his gambling debts. The loan contract and other details were exposed, and the turmoil intensified. Many sponsors, including Anta, FAW Toyota, Safeguard, etc., urgently cut and deleted relevant promotional materials, which aroused heated discussions among fans.

According to Chinese media reports such as "Sina Sports" and "Netease Sports", although Zhang Jike denied negative rumors such as "huge gambling debts", "actress private video", "extortion", it still seems difficult to resolve doubts from all walks of life, and the sponsors also One after another drew a clear line. The official Weibo of China's well-known sporting goods Anta deleted information about Zhang Jike, and the flagship store also dropped promotional materials and terminated all cooperation.

As for FAW Toyota and many other brands that cooperated with Zhang Jike, the advertising content was quickly removed from the shelves, trying to disentangle the relationship. Even foreign media such as Japan's "TBS NEWS" and South Korea's "Yonhap News Agency" followed up and reported relevant news.

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The 35-year-old Zhang Jike has faded out of the arena in recent years. It is said that Anta's endorsement fee is about 10 million yuan (about 44.85 million Taiwan dollars) per year; Renminbi (approximately 270 million Taiwan dollars) income ranks second, second only to the famous swimmer Sun Yang; ironically, Sun Yang is now banned due to a doping storm.

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