- Who: The top countries poised to win the 2022 Men’s World Team Table Tennis Championship
- What: The 2022 Men’s World Team Table Tennis Championships
- When: Sunday, April 17, 2022, to Tuesday, April 26, 2022
- Where: Chengdu, China
Held only in even-numbered years, the World Team Table Tennis Championships are a competition featuring the best competitors across the sport of table tennis. Originally their own competition in 2000, the team championships are now held regularly in every even year. In the history of world championship table tennis, the Chinese men’s team holds a commanding lead of 21 world team championship titles. With the 2020 World Team Championships being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one would have to go back to 2018 when the Chinese men and women won the world titles.
Below, the MTS will break down which teams have the edge going into the 2022 Championships and who will ultimately take home the world title.
|Odds to Win 2022 Men's Table Tennis Team Championship|
No. 1 Contender: China (Odds: TBA)
A dominating squad, China has won each men’s team table tennis championship since 2004 and are undefeated (they won in 2008) when the championships are played on home soil. In the history of men’s team table tennis, the Chinese have won a staggering 21 gold medals (Hungary is second at 12) since 1926. At the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships, Chinese competitors won gold in the men’s singles event (Fan Zhendong), women’s singles (Wang Manyu), women’s doubles and mixed doubles. So with four out of the five events locked up, it would appear China is on track for another title in not only the men’s side of the competition but the women’s as well.
Second Contender: Japan (Odds: TBA)
If any team has an outside shot of upsetting the Chinese, it would be Japan, at least on the women. With silver medalists in two events at the 2021 World Championships (women’s doubles and mixed doubles), the Japanese do have some talent on their team. Where Japan can really make up the difference is in the singles events where China has had a suffocating hold on the competition. Also in men’s doubles in 2021, Yukia Uda and Shunsuke Togami were able to lock down a bronze medal, so perhaps they can string together some singles magic as well.
Final Contender Spotlight: Sweden (Odds: TBA)
The winners of the 2021 men’s doubles gold medal, Sweden has been able to battle the Chinese on the men’s side of the competition. In 2021, Truls Möregårdh was able to lock up the men’s singles silver medal, but fell short to Zhendong in the championship final. Where the Swedes really lack in the team competition is on the women’s side where they had zero medalists at the 2021 World Championships. However, with rousing performances on the men’s side, Sweden could have an outside shot of stealing their first team table tennis title since 2000.
Prediction: With the world championships returning back to China, one would be hard-pressed to wager against the Chinese dynasty. Look for the Chinese men’s team to take home another world championship in dominating fashion.
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