World Team Championships 2020

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The World Team Championships 2020 was due to take place in Busan, South Korea from 22 to 29 March 2020. Get all the details here

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Update: 22nd December 2020

The ITTF Executive Committee met on Monday 21 December 2020.

The Korea Table Tennis Association have been informed by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency that it would not allow major international sporting events in the next few months. It was therefore unanimously agreed to make the extremely difficult and heartbreaking decision to cancel the World Championships, due to be held between 28 February and 7 March 2021, for the first time since World War II.

Update: 10th July 2020

The ITTF Executive Committee met on Friday 10th July 2020 to discuss the latest situation for international table tennis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

They decided that the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan, Korea Republic, will be staged between 28 February and 7 March 2021.

Update: 2 May 2020

The current period of suspension of all ITTF events and activities has been extended up until the end of July 2020; the situation is being monitored closely for an eventual restart of ITTF events in August 2020.

A decision about the status of the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships will be made in June 2020.

7 April 2020

The ITTF have announced new provisional dates of 27 September–4 October 2020 for the World Team Championships 2020.

The ITTF and Korean TTA continue to monitor the situation, with the priority being placed on the health and safety of players, coaches, fans and officials.

25 February 2020

Following news of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Busan, Korea Republic, the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan, originally planned for 22-29 March 2020, have been postponed with the dates of 21-28 June provisionally reserved.

2020 World Team Championships logo

The ITTF 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships were due to be hosted and organized by the Korea Table Tennis Association under the auspices and authority of the International Table Tennis Federation.

The title sponsor was Hana Bank - one of the business networks under the parent company of the Hana Financial Group, headquartered in Seoul and established in 1967.

The Championships were due to be held from Sunday 22 March to Sunday 29 March 2020 at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan, South Korea.

The Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (commonly known as BEXCO) is a convention and exhibition center located in Centum City, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea.

It opened in 2001 and has a total floor area of 26,508m2.

Hall 1 was due to have 3 tables and 5,000 spectator seats.

Hall 2 was due to be the training hall and will have 40 tables.

Hall 3 was due to have 21 tables and 1,500 spectator seats.

2020 World Team Championships are being played at BEXCO


So let's take a closer look at the 2020 Team event...


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Separate competitions

The World Table Tennis Championships first took place in 1926 in London, England. However, since the year 2000, the Championship has been split into two separate competitions.

Team events are now held in even numbered years, whilst individual events (singles and doubles) are held in odd numbered years.

So 2020 was the year for the team events to be contested, and Busan, South Korea were due to stage the event from 22-29 March 2020.


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Events included in 2020

World Team Championship Cups - Men's and Women'sTeam Event Cups
by courtesy of the ITTF

The World Table Tennis Championships 2020 events were going to be...


The Swaythling Cup was donated in 1926 by Lady Baroness Swaythling, mother of Ivor Montagu, whilst the Corbillon Cup was donated in 1933 by Marcel Corbillon, President of the French TTA, for the first Women's Team event at the 1934 World Championships.

However, the original Corbillon Cup disappeared just after World War Two, so the German Table Tennis Federation paid for an exact replica in 1949 (the German Women's team won the Cup in the 1939 World Championships - the last time it was played before the outbreak of World War Two).

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Equipment being used in 2020

The following equipment was due to be used at the 2020 World Team Championships...

  • Tables - Butterfly Gridix blue (show courts) and Starker BS-2 blue (regular)

  • Nets - Butterfly Europa black

  • Balls - DHS DJ40+ *** (plastic with seam) white

  • Flooring - Enlio Super Weaving Surface blue


2020 World Team Championships are being played on Butterfly Gridix tables

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Format of the 2020 World Team Championships

The World Team Championships were due to be played on a "Division" System with 24 teams in 3 Divisions.

In each of the 3 Divisions there were to be 4 groups of 6 teams.

The 1st Division was also the Championship Division. Only teams in this division could compete for the title of World Champions.

Only associations who took part with at least one player or team in its preceding Continental Championships, including qualification tournaments, or Continental Games were eligible to enter a team in the 2020 World Championships.


The teams that finished in the top 14 places at the 2018 World Team Championships were guaranteed a place in the Championship Division regardless of World Ranking.

In addition, the teams who finished in first and second places in the remaining divisions in 2018 gained promotion to the next highest division.


Seeding was due to be based on the World Team Ranking. (The World Team Ranking for each national association is based on the three highest ranked players in that association named on the current Men's and Women's World Rankings).

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Playing System for the 2020 World Team Championships

The playing system for the 1st Division (Championship Division) was going to be in two stages...

Each group of 6 teams would play a complete round-robin competition (5 matches per team).

Playing System of the 2020 World Team Championships


Following the completion of the round robin stage in each group, the teams who finished in the top three positions in each group advance to a knock-out competition to compete for the title of World Champions.

The winners of each group (4 teams) go directly into the quarter finals and are seeded accordingly.

The teams finishing 2nd in each group are drawn randomly into positions 5-8 in Round 1.

The teams finishing 3rd in each group are drawn randomly into positions 9-12 in Round 1 (except, teams having played against each other in the group stage will not meet again in the first round of the knock-out competition).


The teams finishing 4th, 5th and 6th in each group (12 teams) play a similar knock-out competition to determine positions 13 to 24.

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Teams who were due to take part in 2020


First (Championship) Division

China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Brazil, France, Portugal, England, India, Austria, Croatia, Hong Kong China, Slovenia, Egypt, Nigeria, Romania, Slovak Republic, Belarus, Czech Republic, Belgium, Iran, Hungary.

Second Division

Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, USA, Poland, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Greece, Puerto Rico, Australia, Thailand, Serbia, Chile, Singapore, Netherlands, Togo, Mexico, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay, Turkey, Canada, Vietnam.

Third Division

Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Israel, Ecuador, Finland, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Congo Democratic, Jordan, Guatemala, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville, UAE, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, San Marino, Morocco, Qatar, Mongolia, Bahrain.

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First (Championship) Division

China, Japan, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Germany, Hong Kong China, Singapore, Romania, USA, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Russia, Egypt, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand, Luxembourg, Spain, India, France, Turkey.

Second Division

Brazil, Czech Republic, Belarus, Chile, Serbia, Italy, Slovak Republic, Belgium, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, England, Mexico, Malaysia, Slovenia, South Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Colombia, Iran, Congo Democratic, Indonesia.

Third Division

Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Estonia, Portugal, Mongolia, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Macau-China, Morocco, Ethiopia, Wales, Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru, Denmark, Seychelles, Qatar, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana.

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2018 Winners

The last World Team Table Tennis Championships were held in Halmsted, Sweden in 2018 and the winners were...

China's men defeated Germany in the final, whilst China's women defeated Japan in the final.

2018 World Team Championships - China - Gold MedallistsChina - World Team Champions 2018


2018 World Team Championships - China - Gold MedallistsChina - World Team Champions 2018

All the results for 2018 are here...

2018 Men's Team Event Results here

2018 Women's Team Event Results here

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2020 ITTF World Team Championships

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For more information about the World Table Tennis Championships, take a look at my other articles...

World Championships

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2023 World Championships - Durban, South Africa

2022 World Team Championships - Chengdu, China

2021 World Championships - Houston, USA

2020 World Team Championships - Busan, South Korea

2019 World Championships - Budapest, Hungary

2018 World Team Championships - Halmstad, Sweden

2017 World Championships - Dusseldorf, Germany

2016 World Team Championships - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2015 World Championships - Suzhou, China

2014 World Team Championships - Tokyo, Japan

2013 World Championships - Paris, France

2012 World Team Championships - Dortmund, Germany

2011 World Championships - Rotterdam, Netherlands

2010 World Team Championships - Moscow, Russia

2009 World Championships - Yokohama, Japan



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