World Table Tennis Championships

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World Table Tennis Championships
Status active
Genre sporting event
Date(s) circa April-May
Frequency annual
Inaugurated 1926 (1926)

The World Table Tennis Championships have been held since 1926, biennially since 1957. Five individual events, which include men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years. The World Team Table Tennis Championships, which include men's team and women's team events, were first their own competition in 2000. The Team Championships are held in even numbered years.

In the earlier days of the tournament, Hungary's men's team was a dominant force, winning the championships 12 times. From the 1960s onwards, China emerged as the new dominant power in this tournament and continues to dominate the sport until this day. China's men's team holds a record 18 world team championship titles.

In the 1950s, Japan's women team was a force to be reckoned with winning a total of 8 titles. The Chinese women started their strong grip on the world team championships from the 1970s onwards. They have only lost twice since 1975. China holds 18 women's team titles. Singapore's women team holds the title in 2010.


There are 7 different trophies presented to the winners of each event, held by winning associations, and returned for the next world championships.[1]

  • Swaythling Cup for Men's Team: donated in 1926 by Lady Baroness Swaythling, mother of the first ITTF President, Ivor Montagu.
  • Corbillon Cup for Women's Team: donated in 1933 by Marcel Corbillon, President of the French Table Tennis Association. The German women's team won the Cup in 1939, but the original Cup disappeared during Berlin occupation after World War II. The Corbillon Cup is now a replica made in 1949.
  • St. Bride Vase for Men's Singles: donated in 1929 by C.Corti Woodcock, member of the exclusive St. Bride Table Tennis Club in London. After Fred Perry of England won the title in Budapest.
  • Geist Prize for Women's Singles: donated in 1931 by Dr. Gaspar Geist, President of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association.
  • Iran Cup for Men's Doubles: first presented at the 1947 World Championships by the Shah of Iran.
  • W.J. Pope Trophy for Women's Doubles: donated in 1948 by the ITTF Honorary General Secretary W.J. Pope.
  • Heydusek Cup for Mixed Doubles: donated in 1948 by Zdenek Heydusek, Secretary of the Czechoslovakia Association.

And the Egypt Cup is presented to the next host of world championships. The Cup was donated by King Farouk of Egypt in 1939, when the championships was held in Cairo, Egypt.


Beginning in 2003 the International Table Tennis Federation split the World Championships apart into an Individual event and a Team event.

Individual World Championships:

Team World Championships:

Results of Individual Events[edit]

For more details on medalists, see List of World Table Tennis Championships medalists.

Results of Team Events[edit]

For more details on medalists, see List of World Table Tennis Championships medalists.

See also[edit]


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