World Table Tennis Championships

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

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.

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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

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]

  • 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
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Fred Perry English tennis player

Frederick John "Fred" Perry was a British tennis and table tennis player from England and former World No. 1 who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams and two Pro Slams single titles, as well as six Major doubles titles. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years. Prior to Andy Murray in 2013, Perry was the last British player to win the men's Wimbledon championship, in 1936, and the last British player to win a men's singles Grand Slam title, until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open.

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  • Geist Prize for Women's Singles, donated in 1931 by Dr. Gaspar Geist, President of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association
  • 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.
Shah Persian title

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International Table Tennis Federation international table tennis governing body

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the governing body for all national table tennis associations. The role of the ITTF includes overseeing rules and regulations and seeking technological improvement for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF is responsible for the organization of numerous international competitions, including the World Table Tennis Championships that has continued since 1926.

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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.

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Championships

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.

No.YearHost CityEvents
1 1926 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom 5
2 1928 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden 6
3 1929 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg Budapest, Hungary 6
4 1930 Flag of Germany.svg Berlin, Germany 6
5 1931 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg Budapest, Hungary 6
6 1932 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague, Czechoslovakia 6
7 1933 Flag of Austria.svg Baden bei Wien, Austria 6
8 1933 Flag of France.svg Paris, France 7
9 1935 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom 7
10 1936 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague, Czechoslovakia 7
11 1937 Flag of Austria.svg Baden bei Wien, Austria 7
12 1938 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom 7
13 1939 Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg Cairo, Egypt 7
14 1947 Flag of France.svg Paris, France 7
15 1948 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom 7
16 1949 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden 7
17 1950 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg Budapest, Hungary 7
18 1951 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna, Austria 7
19 1952 Flag of India.svg Mumbai, India 7
20 1953 Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg Bucharest, Romania 7
21 1954 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom 7
22 1955 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Utrecht, Netherlands 7
No.YearHost CityEvents
23 1956 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan 7
24 1957 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden 7
25 1959 Flag of Germany.svg Dortmund, Germany 7
26 1961 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing, China 7
27 1963 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague, Czechoslovakia 7
28 1965 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 7
29 1967 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden 7
30 1969 Flag of Germany.svg Munich, Germany 7
31 1971 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Nagoya, Japan 7
32 1973 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 7
33 1975 Flag of India.svg Kolkata, India 7
34 1977 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Birmingham, United Kingdom 7
35 1979 Flag of North Korea (1948-1992).svg Pyongyang, North Korea 7
36 1981 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Novi Sad, Yugoslavia 7
37 1983 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo, Japan 7
38 1985 Flag of Sweden.svg Gothenburg, Sweden 7
39 1987 Flag of India.svg New Delhi, India 7
40 1989 Flag of Germany.svg Dortmund, Germany 7
41 1991 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Chiba City, Japan 7
42 1993 Flag of Sweden.svg Gothenburg, Sweden 7
43 1995 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin, China 7
44 1997 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester, United Kingdom 7
No.YearHost CityEvents
45 1999 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eindhoven, Netherlands 5
45 2000 Flag of Malaysia.svg Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2
46 2001 Flag of Japan.svg Osaka, Japan 7
47 2003 Flag of France.svg Paris, France 5
47 2004 Flag of Qatar.svg Doha, Qatar 2
48 2005 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai, China 5
48 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Bremen, Germany 2
49 2007 Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb, Croatia 5
49 2008 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou, China 2
50 2009 Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama, Japan 5
50 2010 Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia 2
51 2011 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rotterdam, Netherlands 5
51 2012 Flag of Germany.svg Dortmund, Germany 2
52 2013 Flag of France.svg Paris, France 5
52 2014 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo, Japan 2
53 2015 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Suzhou, China 5
53 2016 Flag of Malaysia.svg Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2
54 2017 Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorf, Germany 5
54 2018 Flag of Sweden.svg Halmstad, Sweden 2
55 2019 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest, Hungary 5
55 2020 Flag of South Korea.svg Busan, South Korea 2
Individual and TeamIndividualTeam

Medal Table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)140102153395
2Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)6858.575.5202
3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)483472154
4Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)2834.559121.5
5Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROM)16.5101945.5
6Flag of England.svg  England  (ENG)1427.556.598
7Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)131412.539.5
8Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)9.522031.5
9Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)615.535.557
10Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)516.520.542
11Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)5154262
12Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK)491326
13Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)31113.527.5
14Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)34714
15Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)231823
16Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)125.58.5
17Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore  (SIN)1258
18Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland  (SCO)1124
19Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)03.57.511
20Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG)0222.524.5
21Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)0213
22Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales  (WAL)01.52.54
23Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR)01.51.53
24Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO)00.52.53
25Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg  (LUX)00.500.5
26Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY)002.52.5
27Flag of India.svg  India  (IND)0022
28Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)001.51.5
29Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)0011
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)0011
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam  (VIE)0011
32Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)000.50.5
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)000.50.5
Totals (33 nations)3683736771418

Results of Individual Events

Results of Team Events

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