The ITTF wanted to maintain the general principle of universality at World Championships. For the individual events, the Champion or best players from each association should take part and measure their individual skills against others. So they reduced the quota per association and reduced the number of free hospitality per association. This seems for the time being a good compromise solution “Then of course the ITTF will have to evaluate the reports after each championships to see the effect of the changes”, commented ITTF Chair Adham Sharara in 2014 when the reduction was introduced.
For World Individual Championships, all associations now have guaranteed 3 players and additional maximum 2 players for top ranking positions in singles and 2 pairs in all doubles, except the host association, which would have 6 entries in singles and 3 pairs in doubles.
However, the table tennis family remains large in 2017. From a total of 222 ITTF member associations, players from more than 130 nations are taking part at the 2017 WTTC in Düsseldorf.
Development of WTTC participants over the years
1926 9 countries, 74 players
2012 148 countries, 808 players
2013 127 countries, 801 players
2017 130 countries, 700 players
Over 4,000 accredited people are guests of the tournament and contribute in different ways to the success of the event. Here are some examples:
In addition, the organizers expect approximately 55,000 spectators in total.
Three halls of the large fair grounds of Messe Düsseldorf are reserved for competition and training. In further areas of the exhibition centre, visitors can join different activities or shop some table tennis stuff at various sales booths.
Including venue preparation and disassembly, the WTTC occupies the exhibition centre for 17 days. Here are some more logistic statistics:
The WTTC is also an economic factor for the region. The 4,000 accredited only need approx.:
Not included is the spectators’ revenue at the venue and in Düsseldorf by fans from Germany and around the world.