The final two nations booked their spot to the table tennis team event by winning their respective second stage bracket at the 2020 ITTF World Team Qualification Tournament. The eight nations who lost to the Olympic qualifying nations during the first stage got a second opportunity in a single elimination bracket with the winner qualifying to the games. The World Team Qualification Tournament was held in Gondomar, Portugal from January 22nd to January 26th 2020.
The quarter-finals for the women’s team saw three matches go to the fifth play. Both Spain and France needed a fifth set during the final match in order to defeat Belarus and India 3-2 respectively while Portugal was down 2-1 against the Netherlands before winning the final two matches to advance. Also reaching the next round was South Korea who defeated Ukraine 3-1. The semi-finals were won by South Korea and France who defeated Spain (3-0) and Portugal (3-1) respectively. Top seed South Korea grabbed the final quota for the women’s team event by defeating France 3-1 in the final match.
The highest two seeded teams both lost in the quarter-finals in the men’s team event. India and Great Britain lost to the Czech Republic and Hungary respectively 3-1. The other matches saw Slovakia sweep Belgium 3-0 while Hong Kong defeated Poland 3-1. The Czech Republic and Hong Kong swept their semi-final opponents, Hungary and Slovakia respectively to advance to the final. Hong Kong would repeat that performance against the Czech Republic to clinch the final team spot to the Olympics.
All nations who qualified a team will also be eligible to compete in the respective singles event with two individuals. This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in the team event in table tennis. Nations can still qualify to the singles or mixed doubles event through their respective qualifiers.
* Hong Kong
* South Korea