In a heartbreaking video, you can see a six-year-old Li YiYi struggling to fight back tears as her table tennis coach yells at her: “If you can’t keep your composure, step aside.”
Though China takes pride in pushing its sports talent from a young age, a recent video of a little girl undergoing a brutal table tennis training has left many unsettled.
Shared by SCMP, the 3-minute video captures the budding player Li YiYi during her practice session.
Viewed over 11 million times, the viral video has received angry reactions online. Though many criticized the parents, others called out the training sessions very intense.
“Playing sports is for fun. We do it for fun and enjoyment. I don’t see any enjoyment in this kid’s eye,” commented a user while another wrote, “She clearly does not want to do this!”
At IFORHER, we have a humble request to every parent – Please don’t expect your kid to bear the burden of your expectations. At a young age, kids crave acceptance from their parents. Please don’t manipulate them to fulfill your own dreams. Let them enjoy their childhood because it may lead to multiple issues later in their lives.