2023 and 2024 are important years for Korean table tennis. This is because the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and the 2024 Paris Olympics, as well as the Asian Championships and World Championships are concentrated. In particular, since the 2024 World Championships will be held in Busan in February of that year and the 2023 Asian Championships will be held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do in September of that year, table tennis players are already paying attention to the formation of the national team.
The Korea Table Tennis Association will open the ‘2023-2024 Table Tennis National Team Selection’ from the 17th at Cheongyang County Gymnasium in Chungcheongnam-do. According to the principle that players within the 20th place in the world rankings are automatically selected, Jong-Hoon Lim (KGC Ginseng Corporation, 16th), Woo-Jin Jang (Army Sports Corps, 18th), and Jeon Ji-Hee (Independent, 16th), Shin Yu-Bin (Korean Air, 19th) ) confirmed the Taegeuk mark early.
Since the next two years are important for Korean table tennis, the association decided to form the national team for two years instead of one year. Both the national team and the standing army plan to select 10 men and 10 players to form a total of 40 players. 안전놀이터
The preliminary round is played in singles of 5 sets for both men and women. 100 men and 67 women will participate in the first selection round until the 21st. In the first selection, the top two players from each of the seven groups of men and women are selected, and this year’s national team members are exempted from the first selection.
The 14 men and women who passed the first selection round will play the final selection round from the 23rd to the 27th in the form of a full league with this year’s national team. Up to the 7th place in the final selection, the Taegeuk mark will be worn, and the remaining 1 person will be selected based on the recommendation of the national team leader. The standing army consists of 8th to 13th ranks for men and women and 4 men each recommended by the Performance Improvement Committee.
Meanwhile, naturalized Chinese player Joo Chun-hee (Samsung Life Insurance), who drew attention over whether or not to participate in the selection, will not be able to participate in this selection. Naturalized players cannot participate in domestic competitions for three years from the date of acquiring Korean nationality, so they can participate in domestic competitions from January 22 next year, but there have been exceptions in the past. However, it is reported that the association announced ‘no exceptions’ through an internal meeting on the 16th of last month.