FORMER Olympic champion Park Joo Bong sees China's dominance in the Sudirman Cup as a mixed blessing for the competition.
China have been dominating the mixed team event since its inception in 1989, winning eight times. The team, led by World No 2 Chen Long, are expected to record their fifth straight win on Sunday.
Joo Bong, who led South Korea to wins in 1991 and 1993, said other teams must work harder to catch up with China.
"The Sudirman Cup has not lost its glitter because of China's dominance. Korea managed three titles, the last in 2003, while Indonesia won it once. It was much closer in the past but China have raced ahead due to hard work," said Joo Bong, the head coach of Japan, at Putra Stadium yesterday.