No Chinese participant at ITTF World Tour Grand Finals 2014

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Last updated 7 years ago

Matthias Boos

Matthias Boos Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois,

I was just wondering why no Chinese player participates at the ITTF World Tour Grand Final this year? I read that the players invited have the most points in the tour. But shouldn't that be the Chinese?

Thanks, Matthias


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Matthias,

They didn’t play enough tournaments to qualify.  You have to compete in at least 5 World Tour event stop qualify.


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Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt Posted 7 years ago

ITTF page: http://www.ittf.com/_front_page/ittf1.asp?category=standings

From this page it is very easy to suspect that the Chinese Association has urged their players to compete no more than 4 times. Xu Xin and Fan Zendongh and many other stopped at 4. The list of top-50 players who are non-eligible almost equals the list of Chinese in the top-50.

Is this a Chinese initiative to opt out of the world toour finals? Is it an agreement between ITTF and the Chinese to let a non-Chinese player win? Is it a disagreement on the prize money? In any case, the deliberate absence of the Chinese adds more injury to an already painful situation for the rest of the world. It shouldn't be so that ITTF or China allow their major series of events to be crowned by a self inflicted handicap.

Something is seriously wrong here.

 



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