ITTF unveils qualified teams for Chengdu 2022 World Championships Finals

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BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) unveiled qualified teams for the Chengdu 2022 World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals on Wednesday, exactly 100 days before the Games begin.

According to the statement on the ITTF's official website, the 2022 World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals Preparatory Committee has worked on extensive COVID-19 countermeasures to ensure all participants arrive smoothly, participate securely, and return safely. The event will be put under strict closed-loop management in a bubble format.

"With just 100 days to go until the 2022 World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals, all eyes are on Chengdu, and we cannot wait to witness a breathtaking competition," Petra Sorling, the ITTF President said.

"As we are about to accelerate the preparations, and I am grateful to our hosts, who have taken every necessary measure to ensure the successful delivery of our marquee event."

With the 2020 Championships in Busan cancelled, it has been four years since the team event was last held.

"The Chinese teams took gold in the men's and women's events in Halmstad, Sweden, in 2018. Playing on home soil this year, Team China will be the favourite," the statement added.

"As the host, we expect players to show themselves on this stage, and may the fans enjoy a table tennis festival during the golden autumn in October," Liu Guoliang, the ITTF Executive Vice President, WTT Council Chair and Chinese Table Tennis Association President, said in a statement.

40 men's and women's teams will compete for the title. The teams will be divided into eight groups. Each group of five teams will play a complete round-robin competition format. Then, a final knock-out phase will be played with the winners of each group and the teams placing second.

The Chengdu 2022 World Championships Finals will take place from September 30-October 9. Enditem

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