A drastic new rule has been drawn to enable countries other than China to win at least a Bronze. Hence, only the top two players from any country can participate. The provisional qualifiers list is available here:
This list is subject to the National Olympic body's approval, which means that the Chinese Olympic Body must approve. This also means that there will be a huge hue and cry within China regarding the exclusion of Ma Lin, who is as popular a figure in China as Sachin Tendulkar is in India.
Zhang Jike, the newly crowned World Table Tennis Champion is in the provisional list of auto-qualifiers and so is Wang Hao, who will get a golden chance to add to his glorious collection of titles.