2020 Olympic Games
Which players have qualified?

The 2020 Olympic Games are being held in Tokyo, Japan from the 23rd July to 8th August 2021, but which players have qualified for the table tennis events? Find out here...

 By Martin Hughes
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced in March 2020 that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games would be postponed until 23 July to 8 August 2021.

This decision was taken in light of the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and to best protect athletes, officials and fans alike.

These Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

The Paralympic Games, originally due to start on 25 August 2020, will now take place between 24 August and 5 September 2021.

The ITTF Executive Committee then decided to adjust the qualification pathways accordingly.

 

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The 2020 Olympic Games - the Summer Olympics - are being held in Tokyo, Japan from the 23 July to 8 August 2021 and the table tennis events are being played at the Tokyo Metropolitan gymnasium.

The table tennis events are: mixed doubles, women's singles, men's singles, women's team event, and men's team event.

 

The number of athletes who can take part in the 2020 Olympic Games table tennis events is limited to 86 men and 86 women.

Therefore, teams and players have to qualify for the Games, and then they have to be approved and nominated by their National Olympic Committee (NOC), before their participation can be confirmed.

In addition, a maximum of three players, per gender, per NOC, can take part.

Each NOC can only have a maximum of three players (per gender) in the team events; two players (per gender) in the singles events; and one player (per gender) in the mixed doubles event.

So let's take a closer look at the qualification system for the table tennis events at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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Qualification System for the 2020 Olympic Games

The Qualification System for the 2020 Olympics Games is very complicated, but in simple terms it's as follows.

  1. 16 teams (per gender) are available for the men's and women's team events, and these places are allocated before the singles or mixed doubles events, based on which teams performed best at their relevant qualification tournaments.

  2. 70 places (per gender) are available for the men's and women's singles events. 32 of these places are allocated to players in the team events, whilst the remaining 38 places are allocated based on which players performed best at their relevant qualification tournaments.

  3. 16 places (per gender) are available for the mixed doubles events.

So let's take a look at the teams who've qualified...

Men Players
Continental Qualifiers (6 teams)
via Continental Events
June-December 2019
1 Egypt (Africa) via 2019 All African Games Omar Assar
Ahmed Saleh
Khalid Assar
2 China (Asia) via 2019 Asian TT Championships Fan Zhendong
Ma Long
Xu Xin
3 Germany (Europe) via 2019 European Games Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Timo Boll
Patrick Franziska
4 Brazil (Latin America) via 2019 Latin American Team Qual. Hugo Calderano
Gustavo Tsuboi
Vitor Ishiy
5 USA (North America) via 2019 North American Team Qual. Kanak Jha
Nikhil Kumar
Zhou Xin
6 Australia (Oceania) via 2019 Oceania Team Qual. David Powell
Yan Xin
Hu Heming
Host Team (1 team)
7 Japan Tomokazu Harimoto
Koki Niwa
Jun Mizutani
Qualified Teams (9 teams)
via 2020 World Team Qualification Event
Gondomar, Portugal
22-26 January 2020
8 Chinese Taipei Lin Yun-Ju
Chuang Chih-Yuan
Chen Chien-An
9 Croatia Andrej Gacina
Tomislav Pucar
Frane Kojic
10 France Simon Gauzy
Emmanuel Lebesson
Alexandre Cassin
11 Portugal Marcos Freitas
Tiago Apolonia
Joao Monteiro
12 Serbia Aleksandar Karakasevic
Zsolt Peto
Marko Jevtovic
13 Slovenia Jorgic Darko
Tokic Bojan
Kozul Deni
14 South Korea Jeong Youngsik
Jang Woojin
Lee Sangsu
15 Sweden Mattias Falck
Anton Kallberg
Kristian Karlsson
16 Hong Kong China Wong Chun Ting
Lam Siu Hang
Ho Kwan Kit

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Women Players
Continental Qualifiers (6 teams)
via Continental Events
June-December 2019
1 Egypt (Africa) via 2019 All African Games Dina Meshref
Yousra Helmy
Farah Abdel-Aziz
2 China (Asia) via 2019 Asian TT Championships Chen Meng
Sun Yingsha
Liu Shiwen
3 Germany (Europe) via 2019 European Games Petrissa Solja
Han Ying
Shan Xiaona
4 Brazil (Latin America) via 2019 Latin American Team Qual. Bruna Takahashi
Jessica Yamada
Caroline Kumahara
5 USA (North America) via 2019 North American Team Qual. Lily Zhang
Liu Juan
Wang Huijing
6 Australia (Oceania) via 2019 Oceania Team Qual. Michelle Bromley
Stephanie Sang
Melissa Tapper
Host Team (1 team)
7 Japan Mima Ito
Kasumi Ishikawa
Miu Hirano
Qualified Teams (9 teams)
via 2020 World Team Qualification Event
Gondomar, Portugal
22-26 January 2020
8 Austria Sofia Polcanova
Liu Jia
Liu Yuan
9 Chinese Taipei Cheng I-Ching
Chen Szu-Yu
Cheng Hsien-Tzu
10 Hong Kong China Doo Hoi Kem
Soo Wai Yam Minnie
Lee Ho Ching
11 Hungary Dora Madarasz
Georgina Pota
Szandra Pergel
12 North Korea  Withdrawn
13 Poland Li Qian
Natalia Partyka
Natalia Bajor
14 Romania Elizabeta Samara
Bernadette Szocs
Daniela Dodean Monteiro
15 Singapore Feng Tianwei
Yu Mengyu
Lin Ye
16 South Korea Jeon Jihee
Shin Yubin
Choi Hyojoo

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Men Qualifiers for 2020 Olympic Games

A maximum of 86 men and 86 women can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics table tennis events, and all players have to then be approved by their National Olympic Committee.

Maximum 2 players per National Olympic Committee (NOC)

Players (Men) NOC
Nominated by NOCs with a qualified team (32 players)
to be announced in June 2021
1 Fan Zhendong China
2 Ma Long China
3 Dimitrij Ovtcharov Germany
4 Timo Boll Germany
5 Lam Siu Hang Hong Kong China
6 Wong Chun Ting Hong Kong China
7 Tomokazu Harimoto Japan
8 Koki Niwa Japan
9 Chuang Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
10 Lin Yun-Ju Chinese Taipei
11 Ahmed Saleh Egypt
12 Omar Assar Egypt
13 Kanak Jha USA
14 Nikhil Kumar USA
15 Mattias Falck Sweden
16 Anton Kallberg Sweden
17 Simon Gauzy France
18 Emmanuel Lebesson France
19 Marcos Freitas Portugal
20 Tiago Apolonia Portugal
21 Aleksander Karakasevic Serbia
22 Zsolt Peto Serbia
23 Andrej Gacina Croatia
24 Tomislav Pucar Croatia
25 Darko Jorgic Slovenia
26 Bojan Tokic Slovenia
27 Hugo Calderano Brazil
28 Gustavo Tsuboi Brazil
29 David Powell Australia
30 Yan Xin Australia
31 Jeoung Youngsik South Korea
32 Jang Woojin South Korea
Africa (4 players)
African Qualification Tournament
Tunis, Tunisia
27-29 Feb 2020
33 Ibrahima Diaw Senegal
34 Adam Hmam Tunisia
35 Olajide Omotayo Nigeria
36 Larbi Bouriah Algeria
Asia (6 players)
Western Asia Olympic Qualification Tournament (1 place)
Amman, Jordan
23-26 Feb 2020

Asian Qualification Tournament (4 places)
Bangkok, Thailand  Doha, Qatar
6-12 April 2020  18-20 March 2021

Olympic Rankings (1 place)
April 2021
37 Ali Alkhadrawi (West) Saudi Arabia
38 Lkhagvasuren Enkhbat (East) Mongolia
39 Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (South) India
40 Nima Alamian (Central) Iran
41 Clarence Chew Zhe Yu (South East) Singapore
42 Sharath Kamal Achanta India
Europe (6 players)
European Games  (1 place)
Minsk, Belarus
22-29 June 2019

European Qualification Tournament  (5 places)
Moscow, Russia  Odivelas, Portugal
8-12 April 2020  21-25 April 2021
43 Jonathan Groth (European Games) Denmark
44 Panagiotis Gionis Greece
45 Ovidiu Ionescu Romania
46 Pavel Sirucek Czech Republic
47 Alvaro Robles Spain
48 Kou Lei Ukraine
Latin America (4 players)
Latin American Qualification Tournament
Rosario, Argentina
15-19 April 2020  13-17 April 2021
49 Brian Afanador Puerto Rica
50 Horacio Cifuentes Argentina
51 Alberto Mino Ecuador
52 Gaston Alto Argentina
North America (1 player)
North American Qualification Tournament
Canada
7-8 March 2020
53 Eugene Wang (declined)
Jeremy Hazin
Canada
Oceania (1 player)
Oceania Qualification Tournament  Olympic Rankings
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
19-20 April 2020  As at 1 May 2021
54 Yoshua Shing Vanuata
World Singles Qualifying Tournament (4 players)
Doha, Qatar
28-31 May 2020  14-17 March 2021
55 Lubomir Jancarik Czech Republic
56 Bence Majoros Hungary
57 Wang Yang Slovakia
58 Kirill Skachkov Russia
Invitation (1 player)
31 May 2020
59 Dodji Fanny Togo
ITTF World/Olympic Ranking (6 players)
June 2021
60 Liam Pitchford Great Britain
61 Quadri Aruna Nigeria
62 Robert Gardos Austria
Vladimir Samsonov withdrawn Belarus
63 Daniel Habesohn Austria
64 Kirill Gerassimenko Kazakhstan
65 Paul Drinkhall Great Britain
Mixed Doubles (16 pairs)
1 Patrick Franziska (with Petrissa Solja) Germany
2 Wong Chun Ting (with Doo Hoi Kem) Hong Kong China
3 Jun Mizutani (with Mima Ito) Japan
4 Xu Xin (with Liu Shiwen) China
5 Lin Yun-Ju (with Cheng I-Ching) Chinese Taipei
6 Omar Assar (with Dina Meshref) Egypt
7 Eugene Wang (with Mo Zhang) Canada
8 Sharath Kamal Achanta (with Manika Batra) India
9 Jorge Campos (with Daniela Fonseca-Carrazana) Cuba
10 Hu Heming (with Melissa Tapper) Australia
11 Lee Sangsu (with Jeon Jihee) South Korea
12 Lubomir Pistej (with Barbora Balazova) Slovak Republic
13 Stefan Fegerl (with Sofia Polcanova) Austria
14 Ovidiu Ionescu (with Bernadette Szocs) Romania
15 Emmanuel Lebesson (with Yuan Jia Nan) France
16 Adam Szudi (with Szandra Pergel) Hungary

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Women Qualifiers for 2020 Olympic Games

Maximum 2 players per National Olympic Committee (NOC)

Players (Women) NOC
Nominated by NOCs with a qualified team (32 players)
to be announced in June 2021
1 Chen Meng China
2 Sun Yingsha China
3 Petrissa Solja Germany
4 Han Ying Germany
5 Dina Meshref Egypt
6 Yousra Helmy Egypt
7 Lily Zhang USA
8 Liu Juan USA
9 Bruna Takahashi Brazil
10 Jessica Yamada Brazil
11 Michelle Bromley Australia
12 Stephanie Sang Australia
13 Mima Ito Japan
14 Kasumi Ishikawa Japan
15 Doo Hoi Kem Hong Kong China
16 Soo Wai Yam Minnie Hong Kong China
17 Sofia Polcanova Austria
18 Liu Jia Austria
19 Li Qian Poland
20 Natalia Partyka Poland
21 Feng Tianwei Singapore
22 Yu Mengyu Singapore
23 Dora Madarasz Hungary
24 Georgina Pota Hungary
25 Elizabeta Samara Romania
26 Bernadette Szocs Romania
27 Cheng I-Ching Chinese Taipei
28 Chen Szu-Yu Chinese Taipei
29 Jeon Jihee South Korea
30 Shin Yubin South Korea
31 - North Korea
32 - North Korea
Africa (4 players)
African Qualification Tournament
Tunis, Tunisia
27-29 Feb 2020
33 Offiong Edem Nigeria
34 Fadwa Garci Tunisia
35 Olufunke Oshonaike Nigeria
36 Sarah Hanffou Cameroon
Asia (6 players)
Western Asia Olympic Qualification Tournament (1 place)
Amman, Jordan
23-26 Feb 2020

Asian Qualification Tournament (4 places)
Bangkok, Thailand  Doha, Qatar
6-12 April 2020  18-20 March 2021

Olympic Rankings (1 place)
April 2021
37 Hend Zaza (West) Syria
38 Bolor-Erdene Batmunkh (East) Mongolia
39 Sutirtha Mukherjee (South) India
40 Anastassiya Lavrova (Central) Kazakhstan
41 Orawan Paranang (South East) Thailand
42 Manika Batra India
Europe (6 players)
European Games  (2 places)
Minsk, Belarus
22-29 June 2019

European Qualification Tournament  (4 places)
Moscow, Russia  Odivelas, Portugal
8-12 April 2020  21-25 April 2021
43 Yu Fu (European Games) Portugal
44 Ni Xia Lian (European Games) Luxembourg
45 Yana Noskova Russia
46 Maria Xiao Spain
47 Prithika Pavade France
48 Yuan Jia Nan France
Latin America (4 players)
2019 Pan American Games (1 place)
Lima, Peru
4-10 August 2019

Latin American Qualification Tournament (3 places)
Rosario, Argentina
15-19 April 2020  13-17 April 2021
49 Adriana Diaz (Pan American Games) Puerto Rico
50 Melanie Diaz Puerto Rica
51 Paulina Vega Chile
52 Daniela Fonseca-Carrazana Cuba
North America (1 player)
North American Qualification Tournament
Canada
7-8 March 2020
53 Mo Zhang Canada
Oceania (1 player)
Oceania Qualification Tournament  Olympic Rankings
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
19-20 April 2020  As at 1 May 2021
54 Sally Yee Fiji
World Singles Qualifying Tournament (5 players)
Doha, Qatar
28-31 May 2020  14-17 March 2021
55 Britt Eerland Netherlands
56 Linda Bergstrom Sweden
57 Polina Mikhailova Russia
58 Yang Xiaoxin Monaco
59 Suthasini Sawettabut Thailand
Invitation (1 player)
31 May 2020
60 Chelsea Edghill Guyana
ITTF World/Olympic Ranking (10 players)
June 2021
61 Margaryta Pesotska Ukraine
62 Hana Matelova Czech Republic
63 Barbora Balazova Slovak Republic
64 Jieni Shao Portugal
65 Ganna Gaponova Ukraine
66 Debora Vivarelli Italy
67 Sarah De Nutte Luxembourg
68 Galia Dvorak Spain
69 Rachel Moret Switzerland
70 Tin-Tin Ho Great Britain
Mixed Doubles (16 pairs)
1 Petrissa Solja (with Patrick Franziska) Germany
2 Doo Hoi Kem (with Wong Chun Ting) Hong Kong China
3 Mima Ito (with Jun Mizutani) Japan
4 Liu Shiwen (with Xu Xin) China
5 Cheng I-Ching (with Lin Yun-Ju) Chinese Taipei
6 Dina Meshref (with Omar Assar) Egypt
7 Mo Zhang (with Eugene Wang) Canada
8 Manika Batra (with Sharath Kamal Achanta) India
9 Daniela Fonseca-Carrazana (with Jorge Campos) Cuba
10 Melissa Tapper (with Hu Heming) Australia
11 Jeon Jihee (with Lee Sangsu) South Korea
12 Barbora Balazova (with Lubomir Pistej) Slovak Republic
13 Sofia Polcanova (with Stefan Fegerl) Austria
14 Bernadette Szocs (with Ovidiu Ionescu) Romania
15 Yuan Jia Nan (with Emmanuel Lebesson) France
16 Szandra Pergel (with Adam Szudi) Hungary

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