Marina Bay Sands Casino sues Chinese ping pong legend for $454K gambling debt

Chinese Olympic ping pong champion, Kong Linghui has been sued by the Marina Bay Sands Casino for owing S$454,000 in gambling arrears. 

The 41-year-old athlete signed an agreement agreeing to borrow S$1,000,000 from the plaintiff, Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd. on Feb 19, 2015, with S$900,000 given to Kong in the form of gambling chips.

The remaining $100,000 was given to the casino to confer him the status of a ‘premium player’, reports Coconuts Hong Kong.

However, so far, Kong has only paid off about S$545,000 and the plaintiff is demanding that Kong pay back the remaining sum, with interest. 

Kong, considered of of the world’s best ping pong player, has competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, where he clinched two gold medals and a silver medal respectively.