With 8 days left before the start of the Durban World Table Tennis Championships, National Table Tennis has left for Durban from Beijing on the evening of May 11 to make final preparations for the World Table Tennis Championships, and National Table Tennis has also become the first team to arrive in Durban. Compared with Guoping, other teams don't seem to be in such a hurry. Today, the Japan Table Tennis Association held an open training session, and the team members who are about to go to the World Table Tennis Championships will conduct public training. However, Ito did not participate in training due to injury problems.
Near the start of the competition, the Japanese table tennis team suffered an injury, and Shinozuka Daden, who was originally scheduled to play three games, withdrew due to injury, because of the injury he had previously withdrawn from the fourth leg of the Japanese Table Tennis Olympic Trials. Yukiya Uda, who originally competed only in the men's doubles, will compete in three of the men's singles, joining forces with Tomokazu Changmoto, Maharu Yoshimura, Hayasuke Togami and Reiki Kawa. The men's doubles team changed from Tomokazu Changmoto/Dadeng Shinozuka to Tomokazu Changmoto/Maharu Yoshimura. The other pair is Hayasuke Togami / Yukiya Uda. The mixed doubles pair was changed from Daitō Shinozuka/Miyu Kihara to Yukiya Uda/Miyu Kihara, and the other pair was Tomokazu Changmoto/Hina Hayada. Women's singles Hina Hayada, Mima Ito, Miu Hirano, Miyu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki will play, while Mimato Ito/Hina Hayada, Miyu Kihara/Miyu Nagasaki will play in the women's doubles.
When the national table tennis flew to Durban, the Japan Table Tennis Association held a public training session, and under the leadership of the head coach of the men's team, Kunishi Tianse, Zhang Benzhi and the five people who were about to participate in the World Table Tennis Championships were trained. For the women's team, Ito Mimako, who did not train due to injury, suffered pain in her left hip during last week's Paris Olympic trials, and was later examined in the hospital, and now she still feels pain and is currently concentrating on treatment.
However, Misei Ito was interviewed, about Japan's Olympic selection method, she bluntly said that she does not feel that the level of Japanese table tennis has improved, at present, everyone is very tired, there is no time to train, participate in international competitions, and the loss to non-national table tennis players has also increased. Currently, while Misei Ito is the world's highest-ranked Japanese women's team, she is only seventh in the current Paris Olympic standings.
On May 11, the day before the public training held by the Japan Table Tennis Association, Mimato Ito participated in the spring garden party held by the Japanese imperial family as the champion of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Mimato Ito wore a tender green casual suit, a white shirt with a bow, delicate makeup, pearl necklaces and earrings, mature with a bit of playfulness, she smiled brightly and was in a good mood. Although the current competitive state is not very good, for the upcoming Durban World Table Tennis Championships, Ito Mimai is still looking forward to competing with Chinese players.