Following the withdrawal of North Korea, the French women’s table tennis team has been drafted and will therefore compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Full box for the French table tennis team! For the first time since the discipline was introduced at the Olympic Games in 1988, the French delegation will be able to count on a men’s team, a women’s team, a mixed doubles and two individual men and women. The women’s team, which had not qualified, won their ticket to the Tokyo Olympics thanks to the package from North Korea. “I am very happy that France qualifies its women’s team for the Tokyo Olympic Games. This little help from fate rewards the very good dynamics of French players since January 2020. This is a first for French table tennis. With this qualification, we meet all the quotas. Such an overall result had not yet arrived in the Olympic history of French table tennis. I congratulate all the actors for this performance. We can not wait to be there ! », Rejoiced the President of the French Table Tennis Federation Gilles Erb on the FFTT website.
#FFTT # Tokyo2020 🏓
⭐️ For the first time in its history, the French women’s team has qualified for the Olympic Games!
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A third medal for French table tennis in Tokyo?
In Tokyo, France will therefore be represented by Simon Gauzy, Emmanuel Lebesson (men’s singles and team event), Alexandre Cassin (team event), Jian Nan Yuan, Prithika Pavade (women’s singles and team event). Can Akkuzu will replace him. The third table tennis player to compete in the team event remains to be determined. In total, France has won two medals in table tennis in its entire Olympic history: silver for Jean-Philippe Gatien in singles in 1992 in Barcelona and bronze for Patrick Chila and Jean-Philippe Gatien in doubles in 2000 in Sydney.