Japan secures Global Cup second place, USA set to win title

China and Japan came first and second at the 2021 Table Tennis WC - pic.: djimenezhdez, Pixabay

The sporting month of November, besides being very busy – awarding 6,339 GSN points, the second-highest total this year - has been decisive in shaping up the podium positions for the 2021 Global Cup,

the ranking of the world’s best sporting nations.

The year’s last nine tournaments are scheduled in December, the women’s Handball World Championship the most significant points-wise, and the Global Cup’s first three places are now settled.
 
At the end of October, the race for second place was still tight between Japan and France, but the Asian powerhouse posted an excellent November result, finishing the monthly ranking (please see below) only 13 points behind the winner USA, and now has a virtually unassailable 376-point margin over third-placed France in the year-to-date table.
 
Surprisingly, Japan did not win the month’s biggest point-earning tournament, the Karate World Championships, which was won by Egypt – the first time in GSN history that Japan did not win it! But Japan did finish second, as it did in the Table Tennis World Championships (behind, you guessed it, China), and finished sixth in the Amateur Boxing World Championships, to name some of the month’s main events.
 
The USA edged Japan in the monthly ranking by narrowly winning the Ten-Pin Bowling World Championship ahead of Sweden, finishing third behind Kazakhstan (another surprise winner) and Cuba in the Amateur Boxing World Championships, and picking up useful points in Tennis and Marathon, among others.
 
Behind the Global Cup year-to-date top three, China did very well in Table Tennis and Trampoline in November, but still failed to pip Italy in fourth place. There are only 58 points between these two countries, so anything could happen come the end of December. Will it be a historic fourth place for Italy, or will China finish close to the Global Cup podium, after dropping to an unprecedented 25th place in pandemic-stricken 2020?
 
GLOBAL CUP – NOVEMBER MONTHLY RANKING
Place
Country
Points
Points %
1
United States
490
7.7%
2
Japan
477
7.5%
3
China
372
5.9%
4
Italy
328
5.2%
5
France
267
4.2%
6
Egypt
264
4.2%
7
Kazakhstan
256
4.0%
8
Spain
247
3.9%
9
Sweden
194
3.1%
10
Azerbaijan
163
2.6%
11
Great Britain
143
2.3%
12
South Korea
141
2.2%
13
Uzbekistan
139
2.2%
14
Cuba
131
2.1%
15
Germany
122
1.9%
16
Ukraine
120
1.9%
17
Serbia
118
1.9%
18
Turkey
117
1.8%
19
Brazil
103
1.6%
20
Australia
98
1.5%
21
Morocco
94
1.5%
22
India
91
1.4%
23
Kenya
84
1.3%
24
Singapore
79
1.2%
25
Croatia
78
1.2%
26
Canada
77
1.2%
27
Georgia
73
1.2%
28
Belarus
72
1.1%
29
Malaysia
62
1.0%
30
Belgium
59
0.9%
31
New Zealand
58
0.9%
32
Portugal
58
0.9%
33
Colombia
57
0.9%
34
Switzerland
54
0.9%
35
Finland
51
0.8%
36
Hong Kong
48
0.8%
37
Chile
46
0.7%
38
Netherlands
44
0.7%
39
North Macedonia
44
0.7%
40
Peru
42
0.7%
41
Armenia
41
0.6%
42
Pakistan
39
0.6%
43
Czech Republic
38
0.6%
44
Luxembourg
36
0.6%
45
Bulgaria
36
0.6%
46
Lithuania
33
0.5%
47
Denmark
29
0.5%
48
Philippines
28
0.4%
49
Ethiopia
27
0.4%
50
Guatemala
27
0.4%
51
Slovakia
27
0.4%
52
Hungary
26
0.4%
53
South Africa
26
0.4%
54
Kyrgyzstan
23
0.4%
55
Taiwan
22
0.3%
56
Norway
20
0.3%
57
Trinidad and Tobago
17
0.3%
58
Albania
17
0.3%
59
Iran
17
0.3%
60
Dominican Republic
17
0.3%
61
Ecuador
15
0.2%
62
Mongolia
15
0.2%
63
Greece
14
0.2%
64
Montenegro
14
0.2%
65
Austria
14
0.2%
66
Mexico
14
0.2%
67
Jordan
14
0.2%
68
Kuwait
12
0.2%
69
Algeria
12
0.2%
70
Namibia
12
0.2%
71
Afghanistan
11
0.2%
72
Sri Lanka
11
0.2%
73
Nigeria
10
0.2%
74
Romania
10
0.2%
75
Poland
8
0.1%
76
Venezuela
8
0.1%
77
Moldova
8
0.1%
78
Barbados
8
0.1%
79
Ireland
8
0.1%
80
Kosovo
6
0.1%
81
Saudi Arabia
6
0.1%
82
United Arab Emirates
5
0.1%
83
Brunei
5
0.1%
84
Qatar
5
0.1%
85
Argentina
4
0.1%
Grand Total
6,339
100.0%
 
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Greatest Sporting Nation is a ranking of countries based on their performance in top-level international tournaments in sports in which there is genuine global competition. Countries (national teams and/or individual athletes) score Qualifying Points by finishing in the top eight places in Qualifying Events.
 
These Qualifying Points are then weighted to produce GSN Points, based on a formula that takes into account individual vs team sports, the sport’s participation (number of countries) and the frequency (annual/biennial/quadrennial) of the tournaments.
 
The Country scoring the most Points in a calendar year wins the Global Cup for that year. The country that scores the most points relative to its population wins the Per Capita Cup. For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the ‘How It Works’ section on the site.