Who qualified for the 2008 Table Tennis Olympics?
Were all the best players there? Find out here ...
The Olympic Games are being held in Beijing in the People's Republic of China from 8 to 24 August 2008 and I'm sure we'll see some fabulous table tennis.
Although the opening ceremony takes place on
8 August 2008, the table tennis olympics don't actually start until Wednesday 13 August 2008.
A fabulous new state-of-the-art venue has been built at Peking University specifically for this event - so the players will have the best possible conditions in which to play.
It has seating for 8,000 spectators - with 6,000 seats being permanent and 2,000 temporary.
Unfortunately, because each National Olympic Committee (NOC) can only have a maximum of three men and three women competing, some of the stronger nations like China will have several players who, despite being in the top 20 of the World Ranking list, will not be at the Olympics.
However, this means that the rivalry between the various nationalities will be more intense, and should provide us with some excellent matches.
There's a complicated system of qualification for the Olympic table tennis events, but without getting too bogged down with the full details, here's a brief summary ...
For the team events, 16 teams will qualify for the Olympic Games as follows:
So, which teams and players have actually qualified ...
|Continental teams (6)|
|Africa (Nigeria)||TORIOLA Segun
|Asia (China)||WANG Hao
|Europe (Germany)||BOLL Timo
|Latin America (Brazil)||TSUBOI Gustavo
|North America (Canada)||ZHANG Peng
|Oceania (Australia)||HENZEL William
|Selected teams (10)|
|Korea Republic||RYU Seung Min
OH Sang Eun
YOON Jae Young
|Hong Kong||LI Ching
KO Lai Chak
|Chinese Taipei||CHUAN Chih-Yuan
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