|World Table Tennis Championships|
|Genre||Global sports event|
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. This was followed by a short period of dominance by Japan in the 1950s. From the 1960s onwards, China emerged as the new dominant power in this tournament and, with the exception of 1989–2000, when Sweden won four times, China continues to dominate the sport. China's men's team holds a record 20 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 21 women's team titles.
There are 7 different trophies presented to the winners of the various events, held by winning associations, and returned for the next world championships.
- Singles competition:
- Geist Prize for Women's Singles, donated in 1931 by Dr. Gaspar Geist, President of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association
- Doubles competition:
- 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.
- Team competition:
- 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 ITTF held individual events and team events separately for the first time in 1999 and 2000 respectively, and 2001 was the last time individual and team events were held together. Starting in 2003 individual events and team events were held separately again and each continue to be held separately every other year.
|Individual and Team||Individual||Team|
World Veterans Table Tennis Championships
Since 1982, the 'Senior Veterans Table Tennis Championships held every two years by the Swaythling Club International have been held. All players who are at least 40 years old in the year of the event are eligible to play. The ladies and gentlemen play each in eight age groups, the seniors 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 and 85 in singles and doubles for the titles. A previous qualification is not required.
The previous venues of the Senior World Championships:
- 1st World Cup: May 1982 in Gothenburg Sweden): 450 participants from 21 countries
- 2nd World Championships: June 1984 in Helsinki (Finland): 650 participants from 38 countries
- 3rd World Cup: June 1986 in Rimini (Italy): 1,100 participants from 38 countries
- 4th World Cup: June 1988 in Zagreb (Croatia): 1,650 participants from 45 countries
- 5th World Cup: June 1990 in Baltimore (USA): 1,100 participants from 46 countries
- 6th World Cup: June 1992 in Dublin (Ireland): 1,300 participants from 48 countries
- 7th World Championships: April 1994 in Melbourne (Australia): 1,800 participants from 49 countries
- 8th World Championships: June 1996 in Lillehammer (Norway): 1,950 participants from 49 countries
- 9th World Cup: 17 to 27 June 1998 in Manchester (England): 1,400 participants from 53 countries
- 10th World Cup: May 21 to 27, 2000 in Vancouver (Canada): 1,850 participants from 57 countries
- 11th World Championships: June 2002 in Lucerne (Switzerland): 2,750 participants from 63 countries
- 12th World Cup: May 30 to June 5, 2004 in Yokohama (Japan): 2,384 participants from 47 countries
- 13th WC: 15 to 20 May 2006 in Bremen (Germany): 3,650 participants from 59 countries
- 14th World Cup: 24 to 30 May 2008 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): 1,378 participants from 52 countries
- 15th World Championships: June 7 to 12, 2010 in Hohhot (China): 2,065 participants from 51 countries
- 16th World Cup: June 25 to July 1, 2012 in Stockholm Sweden)
- 17th World Cup: 12–17 May 2014 in Auckland (New Zealand)
- 18th World Cup: 23 to 29 May 2016 in Alicante and Elche (Spain)
- 19th World Cup: June 18–23, 2018 in Las Vegas (USA)
- As of 2019:
|Totals (32 nations)||373||378||685.5||1436.5|
Results of Individual and Team Events
- ITTF World Tour
- ITTF World Tour Grand Finals
- Table Tennis World Cup
- Table tennis at the Summer Olympics
- List of table tennis players
- Ping-pong diplomacy
- World Championship of Ping Pong
- "The World Championship Trophies- A Retrospective". ittf.com. ITTF. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.