The ITTF Executive Board has approved the inclusion of individual ranking points at the upcoming ITTF Mixed Team World Cup Chengdu 2023. The ITTF World Ranking Working Group has swiftly taken charge of formulating the framework for the points distribution system.
Held annually, the ITTF Mixed Team World Cup features a pioneering mixed team format, providing an ideal platform to experiment with a new layer of innovation.
This groundbreaking decision reflects the significance the ITTF Executive Board places on this event. It shines a unique spotlight on a format that the ITTF views as a manifestation of its vision for the future, advocating for gender equality and fostering the spirit of teamwork within the sport, potentially becoming a flagship in multi-sport events.
The introduction of individual ranking points is also part of a broader strategic initiative aimed at offering players and teams a more comprehensive evaluation of their achievements. It aims to recognize individual performances within the context of team competitions and is expected to enhance the prestige of team events.
The ITTF World Ranking Working Group will closely monitor the impact of this progressive shift and consider recommending its extension to all team events, including the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals.