A record 125 national table tennis associations have submitted their final entries to compete at the ZEN-NOH 2014 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championship in Tokyo on April 28 to May 5, the International Table Tennis Federations has announced.
The number includes 120 men's and 100 women's teams which will be competing to be crowned the world’s best table tennis teams.
This figure exceeds the previous record of 118 countries that competed at the Liebherr 2012 World Team Table Tennis Championships held in Dortmund, Germany. Botswana, Zambia and Palestine will be making their first appearance at an ITTF World Championships at this year’s edition of the biennial championships.
The event will be the first major world title sporting event held in Tokyo since the city won the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games in September last year.
Judit Farago, the ITTF’s chief executive, said: “Each year more and more countries are playing table tennis and want to participate at our most important tournament, which is a credit to the ITTF's development programme.”