According to information from the ITTF, the Houston World Table Tennis Championships, which will be held from November 23 to 29 this year, will make major adjustments in the number of entries: each member association can only send up to three players to participate in the competition, with exceptions. Yes, if the player of the member association ranks in the top 100 in the world, an extra place will be awarded; if the player ranks in the top 20 in the world, another place will be awarded. In short, the Houston World Table Tennis Championships will adopt a new 3+1+1 rule, and top teams like China can send up to 5 people to participate.
As a whole, there will be 128 singles, 64 pairs of men’s doubles, 64 pairs of women’s doubles, and 64 pairs of mixed doubles in the Houston World Table Tennis Championships.
The previous World Table Tennis Championships individual competition quota rules were formulated in 2014 and implemented from the 2015 Suzhou World Table Tennis Championships. The specific content is: each member association can report up to 3 people to participate in singles, but if the association has 1 player ranking For the top 100 in the world, one more person can be reported; if the association has one player ranked in the top 20 in the world, one more person can be reported. In the doubles competition, each association can report up to 2 pairs or 4 people, and multinational combinations are allowed to participate. In addition, the ITTF stipulates that a maximum of 6 players can participate in the men’s and women’s singles in the association where the event is hosted.
Earlier, the number of applicants for each individual event of each member association was up to 8 (yes). Later, the ITTF restricted the number of singles in a single association to 7 men and women each.
In the 2019 Budapest World Table Tennis Championships, China sent 12 players with 6 men and women each to participate in the five individual competitions. Among them, Wang Chuqin and Zhu Yuling only participated in the (male and female) doubles competitions.
The ITTF stated in a related announcement that the change in the number of entries was mainly to cope with the challenges posed by the new crown epidemic, and did not indicate whether the new rules will continue to be used after the Houston World Table Tennis Championships.
(Sohu Sports Guo Jian/Text)
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