An occasion steeped in historical past, the ITTF World Group Desk Tennis Championships returns this month as Busan units the stage for ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals Busan 2024 from 16-25 February.
40 groups within the Males’s Group and Girls’s Group disciplines journey to Busan coveting silverware of the best order: the Swaythling and Corbillon Cups. Right here’s a quick have a look at the long-lasting trophies on supply in Busan:
Awarded to the champions of the Males’s Group occasion, the Swaythling Cup was donated by Woman Baroness Swaythling in 1926. Baroness Swaythling was the mom of Ivor Montagu, the primary President of the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation, who remained within the publish for 41 years.
All seven of the ITTF World Championships trophies.
Introduced for the primary time on the inaugural World Desk Tennis Championships 98 years in the past, Hungary was the primary recipient of the Swaythling Cup, and would go on to carry the prized trophy 11 additional occasions.
In all, eight groups have had the privilege of holding the Swaythling Cup, with China main the honours checklist, profitable the Males’s Group self-discipline a report 22 occasions.
The Corbillon Cup is offered to the Girls’s Group champions at every version of the World Group Championships. Donated by former President of the French Desk Tennis Affiliation, Marcel Corbillon, in 1933, the Corbillon Cup was first awarded on the World Group Championships in 1934 with the introduction of the Girls’s Group self-discipline.
Germany was the primary recipient of the Corbillon Cup. The whereabouts of the unique trophy stays unknown to this very day after it was misplaced throughout World Struggle II. Nonetheless, a precise reproduction was produced by the German Desk Tennis Federation in 1949, and has been awarded to the occasion champions ever since.
China is the all-time report holder within the checklist of Girls’s Group champions, lifting the Corbillon Cup 22 occasions, forward of Japan’s eight. In all, 11 groups have held the Corbillon Cup in World Group Championships historical past.