Budapest bids for 2019 World Table Tennis Championships

photo by the ITTF

Pictured: players training at the 2016 Hungarian Open – photo provided courtesy of the ITTF

Hungary have made an official bid to host the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships, an event they haven’t hosted since 1950.

ITTF officials visited the SYMA hall in Budapest to ascertain whether the venue was suitable for the tournament, and it looks as though it passed the test.

The ITTF’s CEO Judit Farago stated: “As a Hungarian, I am excited to learn that the Hungarian Table Tennis Association has an intention to bid for the event. We had inquiries from different countries from four continents, by the deadline Budapest was the only valid bid received.”

The Hungarian Table Tennis Association will present their bid on March 1st, and if approved they will host the World Singles Championships in 2019.

“Some potential bidders finally decided to target the World Team Championships in 2020,” Farago added, “also the ITTF is having a transition period where size of the World Championships is under review and reduced, which gives good chances for those organisers and cities which before could not accommodate such a big event”.

Malaysia are hosting the upcoming 2016 World Team Championships, while the following two competitions will go to Düsseldorf (Germany) and Halmstad (Sweden) in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

January’s table tennis news recap – with thanks to the ITTF, Holger Straede and ttlondon2012

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