Media from all around the world was present at the pre-event press conference attended by star players Timo Boll, Ding Ning and Tomokazu Harimoto accompanied by local ambassador and previous world champion Jörgen Persson, the ITTF-president Thomas Weikert and the Swedish national coaches Ulf “Tickan” Carlsson and Peter Sartz.

The major challengers to China in recent times, runners up on three consecutive occasions commencing in 2010 in Moscow but two years ago in Kuala Lumpur no place in the main draw, Germany is the top seed in the Men’s event at the forthcoming Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships.

Germany is the top seed but it doesn’t feel as though we are the top seed. China is the favourite and their players are in good shape. However, Dima is fit, everyone is fit and for us 2017 was a good year. I hope we can do well but, in addition to China, there is strong competition from Japan and Korea; also from Sweden!” Timo Boll

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager and Pontus Dyrefors, Swedish National Association