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ITTF pushes for revised schedule for 2012 Games

THE International Table Tennis Federation wants to alter the schedule for the 2012 Olympics so that singles matches are played ahead of the team events.

Team events were played before the singles competition at the Beijing Olympics last year, but the ITTF will propose to the International Olympic Committee that singles matches be staged first at the London Games.

"The reason behind this is that it is fairer to the players who do not take part in the team event," the ITTF said in a statement.

China is reportedly opposed to the proposal as many of its players will now have to unite as one for the team events after playing against each other in singles.

For London 2012, the ITTF will propose a simple knockout competition among the 16 teams, the statement said. In Beijing, the teams started in four groups with a round-robin format used to decide the places in each group for the second round.

Meanwhile in Yokohama, Japan, Welshman Adam Robertson defeated Dino Suarez of Ecuador yesterday to qualify for the table tennis world championships.

Robertson coasted to an 11-2, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6 win over Suarez to reach the first round of the tournament, which begins today.

Elsewhere, Konstantine Papageorgiou defeated New Zealand's Josh Alexandre 11-6, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3. American Crystal Huang advanced to the first round of the women's singles with an 11-6, 11-4, 11-3, 11-1 win over Armenia's Tatevik Yengibaryan.

Beijing gold medalist and top-seeded Zhang Yining of China will play her first match today. China is expected to dominate the championships after winning all the gold medals in Beijing.


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