14 Feb 2017

The eventual destination is Düsseldorf but for members of the Chinese National Team, there is a prior stop; the city that less than 40 years ago was a market town of some 30 thousand people and is now a thriving conurbation of over 10 million, is where the ticket for the Germany city is available.

Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, is the venue for the “Marvellous 12”, the tournament that will decide the names of the players who will be selected to represent China at the forthcoming the Liebherr 2017 World Championships.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Proceedings in Shenzhen commence on Friday 3rd March and conclude on Monday 13th March.

It is anticipated that the likes of Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike will be present as will Ding Ning, Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling.

They will compete in a tournament based on the round robin formula, the winner gaining selection, the remaining players then competing in groups, from those groups the remaining places will be decided.

Intense competition amongst the world’s very best player will be the order of the day for an event that is being promoted by Tencent Sports. Tencent has the biggest online media platform in China and is an official partner of Chinese Olympic Committee.

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