ITTF Suspends International Competition Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has taken the decision to suspend all international table tennis activity until the end of April 2020 due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

Putting the health and safety of players, backroom staff and fans above all, the ITTF will meet at some point in April to decide whether or not to postpone action until a later date.

“Following the declaration by the World Health Organization of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the increased number of international travel restrictions, the ITTF has decided to suspend all activities provisionally, with the health and safety of athletes, coaches, officials and fans as the top priority.

The suspension comes into effect from Monday 16th March 2020 and relates to all ITTF sanctioned events, High Performance and Development activities and ITTF Foundation activities that had been due to start between the above date and the end of April 2020.

The ITTF has also recommended to all Continental Associations to follow the ITTF’s decision.”

This comes off the back of the ITTF’s decision to postpone the 2020 World Table Tennis Championships in Busan, South Korea provisionally to late June.

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