International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) president Thomas Weikert has expressed his optimism that a mixed doubles competition will be added to the programme for the 2020 Olympic Games after holding talks with his counterpart at the Tokyo organising committee, Yoshiro Mori.
The ITTF has submitted a proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to add mixed doubles to complement the existing four table tennis events already on show at Tokyo 2020. Mixed doubles has been in place at the World Table Tennis Championships since the ITTF showpiece began back in 1926.
Weikert said: “ITTF's initiative to add the mixed doubles event at Tokyo 2020 was well received and Mr Mori and his team were very positive about the idea.”
To control the number of athletes at Tokyo 2020, the ITTF is proposing that only athletes already qualified for the current four events – men’s and women’s singles and men’s and women’s teams – would be eligible to play in the mixed doubles competition.
If the mixed doubles competition is added for Tokyo 2020, the ITTF is proposing that National Olympic Committees will only be able to enter players in a maximum of four of the five events on offer.