The coach of the year is presented by butterfly and nominated by the ITTF Athletes Committee. The finalists are:
The final list of winners will be announced on the night of December 11 at the star award ceremony in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, which is also the first year-end table tennis event to land in China. At that time, the worlds top players will change their usual sports make-up, dress up in suits and long skirts, and jointly witness the birth of the final list of winners.
The ITTF will also announce nominations for the best disabled male athlete award, the best disabled female athlete award and the best breakthrough Star Award.
Source: Chinese official website of ITTF editor in charge: Zhao Ruiqi