Singapore, April 11, 2017 – The inaugural T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) continues to attract the best international players with the announcement that World No. 6 Dimitrij Ovtcharov (aka “Dima”) of Germany will be competing in the league tournament, commencing this June.
The Ukrainian-born German recently helped his Russian club Fakel Orenburg reach the Men’s Champions League final ealier this month with teammates Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus) and Jun Mizutani (Japan), who are also participating in the T2APAC as the men’s World No. 4 and No. 8 respectively.
Other top-10 players competing in the tournament includes Chuang Chih-Yuan (men’s World No. 9), as well as Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei who is the current women’s World No. 5. The event will also feature some world-renowned players including former World No. 1 Timo Boll from Germany and legendary defensive player Joo Sae Hyuk of South Korea who was ranked 5th in the world at his peak.
Dima won a bronze Men’s Singles medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, and in the Team Event he won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and two bronze medals from the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Ovtcharov’s list of accolades includes winning silver at the World Championhip Men’s Team event in 2010 and 2012, as well as third place in both the 2013 World Cup and 2013 European Championship in the Men’s Singles event.
Said Dima: “I’m excited to participate in this new format of the sport and play against so many top players of our time. I think it will bring an exciting ‘fantasy table tennis’ element that will invigorate the game that will attract new fans and give lifelong supporters more to cheer about.”
Each match in the inaugural T2APAC Table Tennis League is limited to 24 minutes, where players try to win as many games as possible within the duration. All players will play in separate but concurrent singles and mixed-team championships in a league format. All players will go through a draft selection process which will be selected by Team Captains.
Said T2APAC Chairman, Frank Ji: “‘It is exciting to see how quickly the T2APAC is growing in stature with the addition of a major table tennis star, and Ovcharov is one of the best in the world that elevates our event to a world-class star-studded tournament. We’re proud of the way we’re gradually revolutionising the sport, and we have much more to announce in the following weeks that will get fans excited.”
Other top names competing in T2APAC’s inaugural season for a prize purse of over USD 1.5 million include Feng Tianwei (Singapore), Chen Chien-an (Chinese Taipei), Paul Drinkhall (England), Elizabeta Samara (Romania), Yang Haeun and Jeon Jihee (South Korea), Aleksandr Shibaev (Russia), Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus), Georgina Pota (Hungary), Matilda Ekholm (Sweden), Suthasini Sawettabut (Thailand) and Mattias Karlsson (Sweden). More players will be announced in the coming weeks.