How to Watch The China Olympic Scrimmage
The China Olympic Scrimmage has begun and will finish on May 7. It likely has major implications for which one of Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong (assuming Ma Long is a lock) play in the Olympic men’s singles event, and who out of Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu, and Liu Shiwen play in the women’s singles and team events.
May 3 and 4 are the group stages, in which the star players will not play each other. However, there may be some interesting upsets from some younger players over more established stars as the group stage only consists of three out of fives. The knockout stages will take place on May 5-7 and will consist of four out of sevens.
This appears to be the first event with fans since the pandemic. Liu Shiwen and Lin Gaoyuan have both remarked how much they have enjoyed the fan presences at the scrimmage.
Fans can watch certain matches in the knockout stages on China’s sports channel CCTV-5 (a VPN such as FlyVPN will be necessary if you are not located in China). According to the schedule, table tennis will be broadcast at the following times (presumably all Beijing local time, which is eight hours ahead of Greenwich): May 5 at 15:00-16:30 (mixed doubles quarterfinals), May 6 at 9:55-12:00 (mixed doubles semi-finals), and May 6 at 19:30-22:30 (singles semi-finals). The exact time of the finals appear to not have yet been scheduled.
Additionally, CTTV-5+ will broadcast group stage matches on May 4 at 18:30-19:30 and singles quarterfinals match on May 5 from 19:30-21:30.
Group stage and early round doubles matches will also be broadcast at this CCTV channel on May 3 at 15:00 (mixed doubles) and 18:00 (singles) and May 4 at 10:00 (singles) and 18:00 (singles).