International Table Tennis To Return In November With #RESTART

(Photo: ITTF)

Five months on from the last ball being hit on the international table tennis circuit, a return date has finally been scheduled by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for November 2020.

Tournament postponements and cancellations have unfortunately been a regular occurrence since the confirmation of the COVID-19 global pandemic, but almost half a year on from the most recent stop on the international calendar, the 2020 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open back in March, the ITTF has confirmed a quartet of events coming toward the backend of the year.

ITTF’s solution to the current difficulties is to host ‘bubble events’ with all four scheduled tournaments taking place in China, featuring the world’s finest players.

The events which have received the greenlight so far are the: 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup, 2020 ITTF Women’s World Cup, 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals and 2020 WTT Macau.

President of the ITTF, Thomas Weikert, spoke of the challenges encountered in bringing #RESTART to life and is thrilled to see table tennis make its long-awaited return:

“Ensuring a safe return to international table tennis has been our utmost priority ever since the pandemic broke out and so I am delighted that, with the fantastic support and hard work carried out by everyone at the ITTF over several months, we have managed to get events back up and running before the end of 2020.” – Thomas Weikert, ITTF President

The resumption of play will also see the unfreezing of the ITTF World Rankings list meaning players involved in #RESTART will be able to take home valuable points.

Source: ITTF

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