At 14:00 on September 30, 2020, the pre-match press conference of the Baoneng Cup 2020 National Table Tennis Championships was held at the Bihai Yilin Resort Hotel. Yu Xijie, Deputy Director of Weihai Sports Bureau, Li Mi, Director of Business Department of China Table Tennis Association, Wang Nan, chairman of Weihai Nanhai Table Tennis Training Base Management Co., Ltd., and others attended the press conference.
Yesterday morning, the physical fitness test ended. All 288 athletes who participated in the test reached the passing line, with a total average score of 67.29 points (full score of 80). Li Mi, Director of the Business Department of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, introduced the difference between this competition and previous competitions: First, the seed ranking of the team competition, the teams tied for last year’s championship will no longer draw lots to determine the order, but based on the physical fitness test of each team The sum of the three best results of each team) determines the ranking; secondly, in order to better prepare for the Tokyo Olympics and prepare in advance for the 2024 Paris Olympics, if all national team members have not entered the team competition of the provincial or municipal team , Can participate in individual competitions without occupying places.
Wang Nan, a grand slam player who has won countless honors, participated in the championship again after many years. At the press conference, he couldn’t help feeling: "I’m still the same Wang Nan, but I’m not the same job anymore. As an athlete, I played many times in the championship. The venues of the championships say that the World Table Tennis Championships and the World Cup are difficult to play. In fact, the championships are even more difficult to play. Now that I am transformed into an operator and server, it is also a new challenge for me."
Wang Nan was a "perfectionist" in the period of athletes. He either didn't do it or did it to the extreme. After the job change, Wang Nan, who was already a little "mellow" in looking at the problem, found the "real" feeling in the table tennis court. During the training period of the athletes, Wang Nan frequently asked Malone, Chen Meng and other athletes for their opinions, and strived to be perfect in all aspects. “As a servicer, I will stand in the athlete’s perspective to see how the competition can better serve the competition and serve Players, through event protection and more considerate services to ensure that athletes enter the arena in a better competitive state."
After the press conference, under the auspices of the chief referee Peng Hua, the draw for the first stage of the team competition officially began~
As for the men’s team, Beijing, Sichuan, Guangdong and Shandong as the seeded teams directly advance to the second round of the knockout round. The remaining 24 teams are divided into 6 groups, and the top two teams will advance to the knockout round through a round robin.
(Ping Pong World)