World Table Tennis Championships

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World Table Tennis Championships
StatusActive
GenreGlobal sports event
Date(s)c. April–May
FrequencyAnnual
Inaugurated1926 (1926)
Organised byITTF

The World Table Tennis Championships have been held since 1926, biennially since 1957. Five individual events, which include men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years. The World Team Table Tennis Championships, which include men's team and women's team events, were first their own competition in 2000. The Team Championships are held in even numbered years.

In the earlier days of the tournament, Hungary's men's team was a dominant force, winning the championships 12 times. This was followed by a short period of dominance by Japan in the 1950s. From the 1960s onwards, China emerged as the new dominant power in this tournament and, with the exception of 1989–2000, when Sweden won four times, China continues to dominate the sport. China's men's team holds a record 20 world team championship titles.

In the 1950s, Japan's women team was a force to be reckoned with winning a total of 8 titles. The Chinese women started their strong grip on the world team championships from the 1970s onwards. They have only lost twice since 1975. China holds 21 women's team titles.

Trophies[edit]

There are 7 different trophies presented to the winners of the various events, held by winning associations, and returned for the next world championships.[1]

  • Singles competition:
  • St. Bride Vase for Men's Singles, donated in 1929 by C.Corti Woodcock, member of the exclusive St. Bride Table Tennis Club in London, after Fred Perry of England won the title in Budapest
  • Geist Prize for Women's Singles, donated in 1931 by Dr. Gaspar Geist, President of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association
  • Doubles competition:
  • Iran Cup for Men's Doubles; first presented at the 1947 World Championships by the Shah of Iran
  • W.J. Pope Trophy for Women's Doubles; donated in 1948 by the ITTF Honorary general secretary W.J. Pope
  • Heydusek Cup for Mixed Doubles; donated in 1948 by Zdenek Heydusek, Secretary of the Czechoslovakia Association.
  • Team competition:
    • Swaythling Cup for Men's Team, donated in 1926 by Lady Baroness Swaythling, mother of the first ITTF President, Ivor Montagu
    • Corbillon Cup for Women's Team, donated in 1933 by Marcel Corbillon, President of the French Table Tennis Association
      The German women's team won the Cup in 1939, and the original Cup disappeared during Berlin occupation after World War II; the current Corbillon Cup is a replica made in 1949.

In addition, the Egypt Cup is presented to the next host of world championships. The Cup was donated by King Farouk of Egypt in 1939, when the championships were held in Cairo, Egypt.

Championships[edit]

The ITTF held individual events and team events separately for the first time in 1999 and 2000 respectively, and 2001 was the last time individual and team events were held together. Starting in 2003 individual events and team events were held separately again and each continue to be held separately every other year.

Number Year Host City Events
1 1926 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 5
2 1928 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 6
3 1929 Hungary Budapest, Hungary 6
4 1930 Germany Berlin, Germany 6
5 1931 Hungary Budapest, Hungary 6
6 1932 Czechoslovakia Prague, Czechoslovakia 6
7 1933 Austria Baden bei Wien, Austria 6
8 1933 France Paris, France 7
9 1935 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
10 1936 Czech Republic Prague, Czechoslovakia 7
11 1937 Austria Baden bei Wien, Austria 7
12 1938 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
13 1939 Egypt Cairo, Egypt 7
14 1947 France Paris, France 7
15 1948 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
16 1949 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 7
17 1950 Hungary Budapest, Hungary 7
18 1951 Austria Vienna, Austria 7
19 1952 India Mumbai, India 7
20 1953 Romania Bucharest, Romania 7
21 1954 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
22 1955 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands 7
23 1956 Japan Tokyo, Japan 7
24 1957 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 7
25 1959 Germany Dortmund, Germany 7
Number Year Host City Events
26 1961 China Beijing, China 7
27 1963 Czechoslovakia Prague, Czechoslovakia 7
28 1965 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 7
29 1967 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 7
30 1969 Germany Munich, Germany 7
31 1971 Japan Nagoya, Japan 7
32 1973 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 7
33 1975 India Kolkata, India 7
34 1977 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom 7
35 1979 North Korea Pyongyang, North Korea 7
36 1981 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Novi Sad, Yugoslavia 7
37 1983 Japan Tokyo, Japan 7
38 1985 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden 7
39 1987 India New Delhi, India 7
40 1989 Germany Dortmund, Germany 7
41 1991 Japan Chiba City, Japan 7
42 1993 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden 7
43 1995 China Tianjin, China 7
44 1997 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom 7
45 1999 Netherlands Eindhoven, Netherlands 5
45 2000 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2
46 2001 Japan Osaka, Japan 7
47 2003 France Paris, France 5
47 2004 Qatar Doha, Qatar 2
48 2005 China Shanghai, China 5
Number Year Host City Events
48 2006 Germany Bremen, Germany 2
49 2007 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia 5
49 2008 China Guangzhou, China 2
50 2009 Japan Yokohama, Japan 5
50 2010 Russia Moscow, Russia 2
51 2011 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands 5
51 2012 Germany Dortmund, Germany 2
52 2013 France Paris, France 5
52 2014 Japan Tokyo, Japan 2
53 2015 China Suzhou, China 5
53 2016 Malaysia Shah Alam, Malaysia 2
54 2017 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 5
54 2018 Sweden Halmstad, Sweden 2
55 2019 Hungary Budapest, Hungary 5
55 2020 South Korea Busan, South Korea 2
56 2021 United States Houston, United States 5
56 2022 China Chengdu, China 2
Individual and Team Individual Team

World Veterans Table Tennis Championships[edit]

Since 1982, the 'Senior Veterans Table Tennis Championships held every two years by the Swaythling Club International have been held. All players who are at least 40 years old in the year of the event are eligible to play. The ladies and gentlemen play each in eight age groups, the seniors 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 and 85 in singles and doubles for the titles. A previous qualification is not required.

The previous venues of the Senior World Championships:

  • 1st World Cup: May 1982 in Gothenburg Sweden): 450 participants from 21 countries
  • 2nd World Championships: June 1984 in Helsinki (Finland): 650 participants from 38 countries
  • 3rd World Cup: June 1986 in Rimini (Italy): 1,100 participants from 38 countries
  • 4th World Cup: June 1988 in Zagreb (Croatia): 1,650 participants from 45 countries
  • 5th World Cup: June 1990 in Baltimore (USA): 1,100 participants from 46 countries
  • 6th World Cup: June 1992 in Dublin (Ireland): 1,300 participants from 48 countries
  • 7th World Championships: April 1994 in Melbourne (Australia): 1,800 participants from 49 countries
  • 8th World Championships: June 1996 in Lillehammer (Norway): 1,950 participants from 49 countries
  • 9th World Cup: 17 to 27 June 1998 in Manchester (England): 1,400 participants from 53 countries
  • 10th World Cup: May 21 to 27, 2000 in Vancouver (Canada): 1,850 participants from 57 countries
  • 11th World Championships: June 2002 in Lucerne (Switzerland): 2,750 participants from 63 countries
  • 12th World Cup: May 30 to June 5, 2004 in Yokohama (Japan): 2,384 participants from 47 countries
  • 13th WC: 15 to 20 May 2006 in Bremen (Germany): 3,650 participants from 59 countries
  • 14th World Cup: 24 to 30 May 2008 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): 1,378 participants from 52 countries
  • 15th World Championships: June 7 to 12, 2010 in Hohhot (China): 2,065 participants from 51 countries
  • 16th World Cup: June 25 to July 1, 2012 in Stockholm Sweden)
  • 17th World Cup: 12–17 May 2014 in Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 18th World Cup: 23 to 29 May 2016 in Alicante and Elche (Spain)
  • 19th World Cup: June 18–23, 2018 in Las Vegas (USA)

Medal table[edit]

  • As of 2019:
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China145103159407
2 Hungary6858.575.5202
3 Japan483673157
4 Czech Republic2834.559121.5
5 Romania16.510.51946
6 Great Britain153061106
7 Sweden131512.540.5
8 United States9.522031.5
9 Austria615.535.557
10 Germany516.521.543
11 South Korea5154363
12 North Korea491326
13 Yugoslavia31113.527.5
14 Soviet Union34714
15 France231823
16 Chinese Taipei125.58.5
17 Singapore1258
18 Poland03.57.511
19 Hong Kong0222.524.5
20 Belgium0213
21 Belarus01.51.53
22 Croatia00.52.53
23 Luxembourg00.500.5
 Spain00.500.5
25 Egypt002.52.5
26 Greece001.51.5
27 Denmark0011
 India0011
 Italy0011
 Portugal0011
 Vietnam0011
32 Netherlands000.50.5
Totals (32 nations)373378685.51436.5

Results of Individual and Team Events[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Championship Trophies- A Retrospective". ittf.com. ITTF. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.

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