Players from 23 different countries have registered for Wels 2023, which will improve the previous record of 21 countries (Berlin 2021).
Three countries are new – Italy, Hungary and Ireland. This brings the number of different countries that have ever participated in a PD World Cup to 30.
Still missing from this list are some European countries with large populations, including Belgium, Turkey and Greece, where table tennis is unfortunately not yet important for people with Parkinson’s disease. As in 2019 and 2022, four continents are again represented, with the vast majority of players coming from Europe. North America will start with seven Americans, South America with two Brazilians, and Asia is represented by seven Israelis and seven Japanese. Africa and Australia/Oceania, on the other hand, have never sent representatives to the Parkinson’s World Cup.