Unfortunarely, the World Team Championship suffered other losses after Tiago Apolonia's withdrawal. Michael Maze was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a injury. There is no more information about what really happened to the Danish player but we hope that it is nothing serious. It's a pity Maze's withdrawal because he had shown a good performance with his team UMMC at the Champions League and by winning the Europe Top-12 against Dimitrij Ovtcharov.
The other loss of the World Team Championship is Bojan Tokic. Contrary to Maze, the Slovenian player isn't injured but he decided to withdraw. Tokic explained to a Slovenian newspaper that he has had a busy schedule in the last months. He has participated with his club Saarbrucken in all the matches of the Bundesliga and the European Champions League as well as in World Tour events, so he is very tired and prefers to rest now to be in good form to the Olympics.
Tokic's decision has also something to do with the group, where Slovenia was drawn. His country is in the group A with China, Hong Kong, Sweden, Greece and North Korea, so it means that he would have hard matches. The Slovenian player doesn't want to get a muscle fatigue and to risk his participation in London. Coach of the Slovenian team understood reasons of Tokic's withdrawal but now he confessed that the team has the difficult mission of remaining in the Championships Division.
Photo and info. source: sporten.dk (EPA) - siol.net - ittf.com