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Table Tennis Mixed Doubles Added to Tokyo 2020
09 Jun 2017
Mixed Doubles event has been added to the Table Tennis Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, which was announced at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne today.
Mixed Doubles Final at the World Table Tennis Championships in Dusseldorf, 29 May - 06 June 2017.
On the decision, ITTF President Thomas WEIKERT stated: “The ITTF is extremely happy to have Mixed Doubles added to the Olympic Program. Table Tennis obtained very high television and social media numbers at Rio 2016, so we feel that a fifth gold medal was deserved. At last week’s World Championships, a sellout crowd of 8,000 people watched the Mixed Doubles final, so we know that the public has an appetite for this exciting event and it will be a huge success at Tokyo 2020.”
Fittingly, just six days ago, the Japanese pair of Kasumi ISHIKAWA and Maharu YOSHIMURA were crowned Mixed Doubles World Champions in Dusseldorf, Germany and will now have the chance to turn their World title into an Olympic gold on home soil in three years’ time.
After hearing the announcement, ISHIKAWA stated: “I am so happy that Mixed Doubles will be included in Tokyo 2020. I have so much fun playing Mixed Doubles, and now that I have a chance of winning gold in this cool event in front of my home crowd is a dream come true!”
A record 15% of the total viewing audience on TV Tokyo in Japan tuned in to watch the Japanese pair strike gold, which shows the popularity of the event in Japan which is great signs for Tokyo 2020.
Japanese victory at the World Championships follows in the footsteps of Korea Republic & China’s international paring gold in 2015 and Korea DPR’s historic win back in 2013 which makes Mixed Doubles the most unpredictable and exciting event!
Raul CALIN, Director of Operations and Olympic/Paralympic Games, stated: “Since table tennis joined the Olympic Games program in 1988, we tried two times to get the mixed doubles being added unsuccessfully. The ITTF wants to thank the IOC Executive Board, the Olympic program commission led by Mr Franco Carraro, Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the IOC Summer Sports Department for their consideration to our application. It has been long and exciting journey, but now with the inclusion, an even more exciting journey begins”.
The Mixed Doubles event means that table tennis will have five gold medals at Tokyo 2020: Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s team, Women’s team and now Mixed Doubles.
Ha ha ha... Good job <THUMBS-UP>... I can only smile to read this PR....
BUT... WHY only half-baked, just five events in Olympics? WHY not the whole seven events? The Swimming can have so many events (indeed cannot remember how many events it has) varying the distances with styles, WHY not Table Tennis just has the all seven events: five individuals plus two team events???
And who says the Swimming is more interesting to audience or TV viewers than Table Tennis matches??? Who says that?? LOL... just BS $$$ talks (polls), if any!