World Championship of Ping Pong

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The World Championship of Ping Pong, also known as WCPP, is an annual ping pong tournament that has been held since 2011. The current champion is Andrew Baggaley, who beat Wang Shibo in the 2019 final to equal Maxim Shmyrev's record of winning three championships.

The tournament is promoted by the English sports impresario Barry Hearn, and is distinguished by its use of old-fashioned wooden paddles covered with sandpaper, which are intended to encourage slower ball movement and longer rallies for the entertainment of the live audience.[1]

Finals[edit]

The 2019 finals took place January 26-27, 2019, at Alexandra Palace for the seventh time.[2]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Venue
2011 Russia Maxim Shmyrev 3-1 Philippines Ernesto Ebuen Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas United States
2013 Russia Maxim Shmyrev 3-2 Nigeria Sule Olaleye Alexandra Palace, London United Kingdom
2014[3] Russia Maxim Shmyrev 3-0 United States Ilija Lupulesku
2015 [4] England Andrew Baggaley 3-2 Germany Alexander Flemming
2016 [5] England Andrew Baggaley 3-2 Russia Maxim Shmyrev
2017 [6] China Yan Weihao 3-1 Germany Alexander Flemming
2018 [7] China Wang Shibo 3-2 China Huang Jungang
2019[8] England Andrew Baggaley 3-2 China Wang Shibo

Broadcasters[edit]

United Kingdom and Ireland[edit]

The tournament is currently broadcast live on Sky Sports[9]

International[edit]

The tournament is also broadcast live and free on Facebook

Country/Region Broadcaster
 Australia Fox Sports
 Austria DAZN
 Canada
 Germany
 Italy
 Japan
  Switzerland
All Media Baltics
 China CCTV
 Czech Republic Nova Sport
 Slovakia
 New Zealand Sky Sport
NENT
 Poland TVP
Kwesé Sports

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim White, "Darts king Barry Hearn turns his global sights to table tennis", The Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2013.
  2. ^ "World Championship of Ping Pong is Back!". World Championship of Ping Pong. September 13, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Barry Hearn will bat table tennis in right direction, claims Scottish No 1", The Courier, 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ Chris Osborne, "Ping pong: Andrew Baggaley practised for a month to win $20k", BBC, 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ Phil Shepka, "Andrew Baggaley: UK's least well-known world champion?", BBC, 27 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Yan is New World Champion of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. January 29, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Wang is Met Coaches World Champion of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. January 28, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "BAGGALEY IS BETVICTOR WORLD CHAMPION OF PING PONG FOR THIRD TIME • World Championship of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. 2019-01-27. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  9. ^ "Watch Live • World Championship of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. Retrieved 2019-01-26.

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