Olympic Games 2008
Which men's teams qualified?

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Which men's teams qualified for the 2008 Olympics?
Were all the best players there? Find out here...

 By Martin Hughes
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Table Tennis Olympics Venue

The Olympic Games were held in Beijing in the People's Republic of China from 8 to 24 August 2008 and we saw some fabulous table tennis.

Although the opening ceremony took place on 8 August 2008, the table tennis didn't actually start until Wednesday 13 August 2008.

A fabulous new state-of-the-art venue had been built at Peking University specifically for this event - so the players had the best possible conditions in which to play.

It had seating for 8,000 spectators - with 6,000 seats being permanent and 2,000 temporary.

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Were all the best players there?

Unfortunately, because each National Olympic Committee (NOC) could only have a maximum of three men and three women competing, some of the stronger nations like China had several players who, despite being in the top 20 of the World Ranking list, were not at the Olympics.

However, this meant that the rivalry between the various nationalities was more intense, and provided us with some excellent matches.

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How did players qualify?

There was 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 ...

Team Events

For the team events, 16 teams qualified for the Olympic Games as follows:

  • 6 Continental teams (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania)
  • 10 selected teams

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Teams/players who qualified for the Olympics 2008

Team Players
Continental teams (6)
Africa (Nigeria) TORIOLA Segun
NOSIRU Ekundayo
Asia (China) WANG Hao
MA Lin
WANG Liqin
Europe (Germany) BOLL Timo
SÜSS Christian
Latin America (Brazil) TSUBOI Gustavo
North America (Canada) ZHANG Peng
PETER-PAUL Pradeeban
SHEN Qiang
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
Austria SCHLAGER Werner
CHEN Weixing
Japan KAN Yo
Singapore GAO Ning
CAI Xiaoli
Chinese Taipei CHUAN Chih-Yuan
CHIANG Peng-Lung
Croatia PRIMORAC Zoran
TAN Ruiwu
Greece KREANGA Kalinikos
GIONIS Panagiotis
Sweden PERSSON Jorgen
Russia SMIRNOV Alexei


Olympic Rings

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