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Ma Long, Xu Xin at WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022

WTT Singapore Grand Smash singles champion will be directly connected to the National Table Tennis Asian Games lineup.

Today, the first WTT Grand Smash qualifying tournament in Singapore officially started. The Chinese Table Tennis Association released a draft of the selection method for the Asian Games of the table tennis event on its official website.

WTT Grand Smash main players

The WTT Singapore Grand Smash is one of the “Four Smash” of the highest level in the WTT series. In addition to the officially certified highest prize money, it also attracts the highest level of athletes from all over the world. The Chinese team sent a luxurious lineup of 16 players to the competition.

Among them, Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, Liang Jingkun, Xu Xin, Lin Gaoyuan, Wang Chuqin, Lin Shidong and Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng, Wang Manyu, Wang Yidi, Chen Xingtong, Liu Shiwen and He Zhuojia for the singles competition.

Eligibility. In addition, Japan’s Harimoto Tomokazu, Ito Mima, Ishikawa Kasumi, Hayata Hina, Germany’s Timo Boll, Brazil’s Hugo, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yunju, and other major national table tennis opponents will participate.

In the public comment draft released, meeting the physical fitness test standards will become a prerequisite for being selected for the competition list. In addition, the WTT Singapore Grand Smash and the world ranking announced by the ITTF (subject to the announcement on the ITTF official website in the 14th week of 2022, i.e. from April 4 to 10) will also be the main selection criteria.

It is stipulated in the selection method for team competition that the Chinese athletes who have won the WTT Grand Smash (Singapore Station) men’s and women’s singles champions; or three Chinese athletes with the highest singles ranking in the world ranking in the 14th week of 2022; or 1999. Born after January 1st, according to the world ranking in the 14th week of 2022, one Chinese athlete for each male and female with the highest singles ranking can be directly shortlisted for the men’s and women’s team lineup.

Hangzhou Asian Games participation task

If there are fewer than 5 male and female athletes selected according to the above 3 conditions, the national team’s male and female coaching team will conduct collective research and discussion, based on the results of participating in international and domestic competitions before 2021 and 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, in order to facilitate the completion of the competition. The Hangzhou Asian Games participation task is conducive to the preparation and training of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Focusing on the echelon construction of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, according to the recent competition results and points rankings, nominees with outstanding achievements in international competitions, strong psychological quality, stress resistance, and physical fitness test standards. , to enter the Hangzhou Asian Games group project proposal list. Finally, the selection work leading group conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the proposed list of team projects for the Hangzhou Asian Games and confirms the list of team projects.

There are two men’s and women’s singles places in the Asian Games. The Chinese athletes who have won the WTT Grand Smash (Singapore Station) are men’s and women’s singles champions and one Chinese athlete each with the highest ranking in the world ranking singles in the 14th week of 2022. The athlete who ranks 2nd for the singles) will directly qualify for the men’s and women’s singles at the Asian Games.

For the qualifications for doubles, according to the confirmed list of teams and singles, combined with the technical and tactical characteristics and expertise of the relevant athletes, and comprehensively considering the physical condition, the coaching staff will nominate a list of suggestions for doubles pairing; the selection work leading group proposes a list of team events for the Hangzhou Asian Games A comprehensive evaluation will be carried out to finally confirm the list of entries for the doubles event.

Ma Long, Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong

Ma Long, Xu Xin, and Fan Zhendong will participate in Singapore Grand Smash 2022 because this tournament is very important.

Qin Zhijian, secretary-general of the Chinese Table Tennis Association and head coach of the men’s team, who is leading the team in Singapore to prepare for the WTT Grand Smash, said in an interview, “Singapore’s Grand Smash is one of the four major professional championships with very high gold content, especially for singles. Basically, except for the injured players, the top players in the world have come to participate. In a sense, his competition is more fierce than the Olympic singles. So we will take the men’s and women’s singles champions in this competition as the selection for the Asian Games. It is an important standard for the lineup. At the same time, the ITTF has high ranking points in this competition. Therefore, for players at all levels, if they want to compete for the qualifications for the Asian Games, it is difficult and competitive in this competition. The best place in the competition.”

At the same time, taking into account the possibility that the Asian Games will have four players, the selection method deliberately takes physical fitness assessment as a necessary assessment condition.

Qin Zhijian said, “Generally speaking, the Asian Games schedule is relatively tight, so physical fitness is still very important.”

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