World Olympic Qualification

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2012 Final World Olympic Qualification Tournament, 10 May 2012 - 13 May 2012, Doha, Qatar

Total number of entries so is: 116

Players from all over the World will take part in an opportunity to secure their Olympic place when they take part in the Final World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha, Qatar which proceeds on the 10th May 2012

A place in the Olympic Games is the prize; gold, silver or bronze, simply being an Olympian is a medal in itself.

The opportunity to be present at the ExCel Arena in late July is sufficient motivation; no further source is needed but a moment of inspiration may be needed to secure the desired goal.

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Tiago Apolonia - photo by: tibhar.de

Live matches from the World Olympic Qualification can be watched in our ITTF Live Streaming which has integrated Chat

A moment of inspiration to fulfil aspirations; the venue where that is possible is the Aspire Zone in Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar. In that state-of-the-art setting that the final Olympic Qualification Tournament for the table tennis events at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be staged. (Source: ittf.com)

Full players list and entries here

Procedure

The competition will involve 16 qualifying groups of four players. Some may contain three or six depending on entries. The top two players from each group will progress into a straight knock-out tournament.

The finalists from the men's and women's cateogry will qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. Any British player who failed to reach the final places will have to rely on the host allocation places which the BTTF will announce on the 15th May 2012.

From there only the finalists from the men's and women's event will qualify for the Olympics and, for any British players who fail to reach these places, they will then have to rely on the host allocation places which will be announced by the BTTF selection panel on May 15th.


Men's List

1 APOLONIA Tiago
2 LEBESSON Emmanuel
3 GAUZY Simon
4 GACINA Andrej
5 KEINATH Thomas
6 VANG Bora
7 ACHANTA Sharath Kamal
8 KORBEL Petr
9 PROKOPCOV Dmitrij
10 SUCH Bartosz
11 GORAK Daniel
12 DRINKHALL Paul
13 BOBOCICA Mihai
14 ZHMUDENKO Yaroslav
15 MACHADO Carlos
16 WANG Zeng Yi
17 DIDUKH Oleksandr
18 KOU Lei
19 KOLAREK Tomislav
20 JAKAB Janos
21 PITCHFORD Liam
22 CIOTI Constantin
23 BENTSEN Allan
24 PETE Zolt
25 BAGGALEY Andrew
26 BURGIS Matiss
27 LI Ahmet ^
28 PLATONOV Pavel
29 SALEH Ahmed
30 WU Chih-Chi
31 PISTEJ Lubomir
32 STOYANOV Niagol
33 ANTHONY Amalraj
34 FILIMON Andrei
35 LASAN Sas
36 VOSTES Yannick
37 CARNEROS Alfredo
38 PAPAGEORGIOU Konstantinos
39 STERNBERG Kasper
40 ZIBRAT Jan
41 MADRID Marcos
42 GOLOVANOV Stanislav
43 ERLANDSEN Geir
44 NEKHVEDOVICH Vitaly
45 WANG Yang ^^
46 JEAN Lauric
47 ALTO Gaston
48 RONNEBERG Espen
49 LEE Chia-Sheng
50 RAMIREZ Jose Miguel
51 MUTTI Leonardo
52 MENGE Gencay
53 TIRSELT Mounaim
54 ALAMIAN Nima
55 TABACHNIK Pablo
56 CIOCIU Traian
57 AL-MOHANNADI Ahmad
58 DONADO Josue
59 LANDERS Michael
60 GERASSIMENKO Kirill
61 ALHAJJAI Waled Nasser
62 NI Igor
63 OMRANI Seyed Pourya
64 SORBALO Vladislav
65 SHEMET German
66 REED Barney
67 OLUYOMI Salako
68 RINGUI Anthony
69 SHIAHALE Derrick


Women's List

We will arrange Women's rankings when they have been published in ranking order :)

This is going to be a big tournament so lets get started by discussing the seeds. We can use this thread as a means to display all the latest results, videos and news from this spectacular event! What are your predictions from each event?

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There are 2 spots for men and 2 spots for women. Trained with Chunli on Monday morning, was amazing will be interesting to see if she can get very far.

Crazy.. Such a tough competition. With the pressure anyone in top 20 could win

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There will be more than 2 spots, probably around 10 or so. Details to be announced.
 
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The details already have been announced...there are 2 spots per gender.

You have to read the full regulations:

"The number of qualification places from this competition may be increased if the continental qualification
allocation of 40 players is not reached, if the host NOC direct entry place is not used and/or if the Team
Quota (14 places) is not fully utilised. "
 
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I think the continental qualification will be reached, the only reason it wouldn't be is if they cancelled tournaments or reduced the number of qualifiers.

It's already clear that several of the players who were successful at the continental qualification tournaments won't be eligible to play singles (Ma Long, for one). So others will have to take those spots, and apparently they're using the world tournament for this - although that is not exactly clear from the rules.

Also, the team quota will not be used in full, that will open up further spots. (This is similar to 2008.)

The whole process is very messy, but there will be more than two spots eventually, when all is said and done.
 
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Day 1 photos:

To purchase photos from the Olympic Qualifications click here: http://www.demotix.com/news/1207592/paul-drinkhall-wins-table-tennis-olympic-qualifying-game-qatar

Photos by: Tom Morgan AKA Barniedemo

Paul Drinkhall was playing Vitaly Nekhvedovich of Belerus in the first stage group round on day one of the Tournament*

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Liam Pitchford has his eyes firmly on a place inn the London 2012 Olympics

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Paul Drinkhall prepares to serve during his match against Nekhvedovich of Belerus. Paul went on to win his match and take another step towards a place in the 2012 London Olympics

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Liam Pitchford was playing on the center court for this first stage round match. The tournament runs over four days

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Na Liu was playing 41 seed Maryam Samet of Iran in the first stage group round

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Na Liu maintained her cool to win the match. Tomorrow she will face Grzybowska the 17th seed from Poland

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Na Liu is hoping to qualify for a place in the 2012 London Olympics

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Table Tennis is very athletic, requiring great speed, agility and stamina

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Naiomi Owen during here first stage round against Iranian Mahjobeh Omrani at the Aspire Zone in Doha

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Naomi Owen keeps here eye on the ball and plays a cool game to bring her one valuable step closer to the coveted Olympic place

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Photos by: Tom Morgan AKA Barniedemo
 
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