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 Alexander Flemming in the 2020 final to beat Maxim Shmyrev's record of winning three championships, and become the record-breaking four-time champion.
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.
|2011||Maxim Shmyrev||3-1||Ernesto Ebuen||Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas|
|2013||Maxim Shmyrev||3-2||Sule Olaleye||Alexandra Palace, London|
|2014||Maxim Shmyrev||3-0||Ilija Lupulesku|
|2015 ||Andrew Baggaley||3-2||Alexander Flemming|
|2016 ||Andrew Baggaley||3-2||Maxim Shmyrev|
|2017 ||Yan Weihao||3-1||Alexander Flemming|
|2018 ||Wang Shibo||3-2||Huang Jungang|
|2019||Andrew Baggaley||3-2||Wang Shibo|
|2020||Andrew Baggaley||3-2||Alexander Flemming|
United Kingdom and Ireland
The tournament is also broadcast live and free on Facebook.
|Czech Republic||Nova Sport|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
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