LIEBHERR 2018 World TT Championships: European national teams confirmedPhoto: Table Tennis England
The upcoming championships will be held in Halmstad, Sweden, 29 Apr 2018 – 6 May 2018. The Old Continent will be represented by 29 men`s and 26 women`s teams
All European participants for the LIEBHERR 2018 World Table Tennis Championships are announced, according to the previous WTTC results and fixed continental quotas. The Championships will be held in the west coast Swedish city of Halmstad between 29 April to 6 May 2018.
The LIEBHERR 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships will welcome 72 men’s and 72 women’s team in all divisions. In total, 144 teams from 100 nations.
Previous WTTC result quota includes top 2 of 3rd and 4th Divisions (top 32 finishers + 49th-50th and 73rd-74th places). Continental qualification quota is fixed and in addition to the previous WTTC result quota (9 teams)
Regarding Men`s Team Event, England tops the list of the European participants, as bronze medalist from the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championship held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was historical success for Liam PITCHFORD, Paul DRINKHALL and Sam WALKER.
Other national teams placed in the Top 16 are Sweden (5th place, host of the 2018 WTTC), Portugal, France (both quarter-finalist), Croatia, Austria, Poland (three 9th placed teams), Germany, Czech Republic (all three 13th), Ukraine and Russia (both 15th). Italy, Denmark and Romania shared 17th spot, followed by Belarus, Greece (both 21st), Serbia (27th), Belgium, Spain (29th) and Luxembourg (49th).
Nine teams invited according to the continental qualification quota are the fallowing: Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary, Netherlands, Lithuania, Finland, Israel and Switzerland.
Women`s teams who finished among Top 32 last year in Malaysia secured their places for the LIEBHERR 2018 WTTC. First of others, two quarter-finalist, Netherlands and Germany (5th place), as well as Austria, Ukraine, Romania (all three at the 9th place), Hungary (13th), Belarus, Czech Republic (15th), Poland, France, Russia (17th), Spain (21st), Sweden (21st and host), Luxembourg (26th), Serbia, Croatia (27th), Switzerland (29th).
Nine more participants will be the following: Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Azerbaijan, Turkey, England, Lithuania, Belgium and Greece.