The ITTF just recently changed the dates for the London Olympics Qualification Trials from March 1-4, 2012 to April 19-22, 2012 in Hong Kong, China.
According to the rules of the London Olympic Games, there would be 86 players each from the Men’s and Women’s division who would be competing in the Olympics TT.
Competitions are divided into Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Team, and Women’s Team.
In the 86 players per gender, 28 of them will be those who will enter the rankings after the WTTC in Rotterdam or as of May 16, 2011, but with a maximum of two players per National Olympic Committee per gender.
The remaining 40 players will be coming from the continental qualification events that will be held from June 1, 2011 until April 22, 2012. Africa will have six players, Asia and Europe will send 11 players respectively, Latin America will have 6, while North America and Oceania will both have 3 players respectively.
Aside from the mentioned qualifying rules, there are still some quite complicated qualification processes that would complete the players for the London Olympics. Each National Olympic Committee will have to send a maximum of three players per gender.
In a different point of view, the top two Chinese players who will get through the world rankings and will eventually get qualified to the London Olympics lessen the suspense. On the other hand, the third player will have to wait for April 2012 to get qualified.
In addition, the Europe Continental Qualification will be held on April 10-14, 2012 in Luxembourg. The Oceania will have theirs in Melbourne, Australia on March 5-8, 2012.
The London Olympics TT competition will start on July 28 until August 8, 2012.
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