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Why Xu Xin are not selected for WTTTC 2022

The reason why Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen lost the election for WTTTC 2022 Chengdu.

The reason why Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen lost the election has been revealed! Table Tennis Association leaders explained that they did not even qualify for the trials.

The Chinese Table Tennis Association announced how team members for the 2022 Team World Table Tennis Championships in Chengdu will be chosen. Four of the spots will be decided by the level of the player’s world ranking, and the last spot will be chosen by the team. Based on this method, Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, Liang Jingkun, Wang Chuqin, Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng, Wang Manyu, and Wang Yidi were the first to get the quota. The leader of the Table Tennis Association, Qin Zhijian, also came forward to explain why Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen were not chosen.


Prepare for the Paris Olympics 2024.

The world has been watching the Chengdu World Table Tennis Championships because it is the first time the national table tennis team has competed in a world team competition since the Paris Olympics. Because being on the 5-person list for this competition means that he is one of the main Chinese national players.

Coach Wang Hao is happy with Fan Zhendong. He will be the next leader that helps China Team get the Gold medal in the next WTTTC.
Coach Wang Hao is happy with Fan Zhendong. He will be the next leader that helps China Team get the Gold medal in the next WTTTC.

Since the Paris Olympics are only two years away, this year’s national table tennis lineup will be a good indicator of the Olympic lineup in two years. It will also give us a good idea of how national table tennis is doing in general.

Xu Xin kid
Xu Xin kid


Who is the most stable?

China national team announcement of the shortlist shows that it is still mostly what everyone expected. The four members of the women’s team are not a mystery, and the men’s team has made it clear that the world ranking will determine the four spots. So, Ma Long, Liang Jingkun, who has recently been affected by bad news, and Wang Chuqin, who is not very stable, are all chosen. Lin Gaoyuan is ranked one spot lower than Wang Chuqin in the world, so he can only compete in the World Table Tennis Championships trials for the last spot on the team.

The leader and secretary-general of the Table Tennis Association, Qin Zhijian, also came forward to explain why the Chinese national member was chosen. He thinks that the national team took part in a number of international tournaments this year, and that the players mostly played in these tournaments, so that the world ranking can show how table tennis is going in China right now. How tough table tennis players are.

Xu Xin put the glue on the racket
Xu Xin put the glue on the racket

Because of this, the coaching staff all agreed that they would choose players based on where they were ranked in the world. The coaching staff has set aside a certain number of spots, which will be filled after team trials.


Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen are not selected

Qin Zhijian actually explained why Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, two veterans, were not chosen. The two have lost a lot of ground in the world rankings. Xu Xin is ranked higher than 90th in the world, and Liu Shiwen has dropped out of the top 100.



So, based on their positions in the world, they will not be able to play in the World Table Tennis Championships. Not only that, but they aren’t very high in the world rankings for the team, so they didn’t even get a spot to try out.

This may have decided Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen’s fate (retirement). Both of them are at the end of their careers, and Xu Xin has been planning to get an MBA for a while now. The Showman (Xu Xin) has already started getting ready for the future. I don’t know what plans Liu Shiwen, whose career hasn’t gone well, has for the future. ​​​​


Will Xu Xin retire?

Yes, he could retire his table tennis career. Xu Xin is now 32 years old and Liu Shiwen is also up in age as well. Also they didn’t even played a single tournament. Perhaps if they can play in the WTT Contender Tournaments to grab some token ranking points to even get into mere conversation now in the China teams.

Xu Xin, Ma Long and coach Qin Zhijian
Xu Xin, Ma Long and coach Qin Zhijian

It is the China system. Only the very best gets to compete and they will determine to be doing so by the ranking of the players. Very seldom they would make exceptions to the rule.

That’s why many other players from China  went to play for other countries instead.



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