With just seven days remaining before the commencement of the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals Busan 2024, anticipation builds for the electrifying spectacle set to unfold in the vibrant city of Busan from 16-25 February.
A host of compelling storylines awaits as the event draws near, with significant scores to be settled and historical stakes at play. Here are the 5 burning questions we ponder ahead of this prestigious event:
Will Home Advantage Propel Korea Republic To Glory?
Embracing the weight of the nation’s expectations, Korea Republic stands poised to dazzle local supporters at the esteemed BEXCO Convention Centre, eyeing potential success in both the Men’s Team and Women’s Team events. Despite a heart-wrenching loss in the semifinals to Germany in Chengdu two years ago, Korea Republic seeks redemption on home soil Korea Republic will look to capitalise on that extra boost, flying the flag with pride as Korea welcomes the world’s finest to its shores.
Can 2022 Silver Medallists Take The Next Step?
Germany and Japan emerge as formidable contenders to challenge China’s dominance in Busan. Following commendable performances in Chengdu, both Germany and Japan are eager to elevate their game and claim the ultimate prize. With past silver medal finishes driving their ambition, Germany and Japan aspire to seize the moment and ascend to new heights in 2024.
Any New Contenders On The Block?
As the tournament approaches, attention turns to emerging talent and potential dark horses vying for podium placements. Hit with a frustrating round of 16 departure in Chengdu, five-time champion Romania will be determined to mount a stronger Women’s Team campaign in Busan, while there’s potential to grow for the ever-improving line-ups for Brazil, India and Egypt. Meanwhile, there’s huge excitement surrounding the likes of France and Sweden in the Men’s Team event as both look to better quarterfinal finishes from two years ago.
More Group Upsets On The Horizon?
Before championship dreams can materialize, teams must navigate the treacherous waters of the group stage. Chinese Taipei was the headline departure from the Men’s Team group stage two years ago in Chengdu, rooted to the foot of Group 7 with three defeats, while Sweden and United States missed out in the Women’s Team draw.
The group hurdle also presents opportunity for inspired performances, with Malaysia falling just short of a dream ticket to the Women’s Team knockout rounds in Chengdu, winning two of their four matches. With memories of past upsets still fresh, and the unpredictable nature of table tennis on full display, the stage is set for thrilling encounters and surprising outcomes.
Can Anyone Snap China’s Historic Run?
Clinching record-extending titles in Chengdu, all eyes will once again be on China to see if the Swaythling and Corbillon Cups once again end up in the record-holder’s hands. China has won both coveted trophies 22 times, the most of any team in the event’s history. The Asian powerhouse is going for a sixth Women’s Team trophy in a row at the World Team Championships Finals, and 11 consecutive Men’s Team titles at the event.
Yet, as challengers emerge and anticipation mounts, the quest for supremacy promises to be a battle of epic proportions. With just a week to go, don’t miss out on all the action as the drama unfolds in Busan. Get your tickets here and visit the event page to stay updated with everything Busan 2024.