ITTF hopes new countries come to bidding table for 2020 World Team Championships
The International Table Tennis Federation, the sport's governing body, has opened the bidding process to find a host for the World Team Table Tennis Championships in 2020.
The federation said it is calling on member associations to express their interest in the championships - which it describes as the "biggest and most important table tennis event of the year" - via 2020ITTFWorlds.com.
Thomas Weikert, president of the ITTF, said: “The ITTF World Table Tennis Championships is a perfect way for countries and cities to showcase themselves to the world. The event is broadcasted in over 120 countries, and is seen by over 350 million people, so what better way to put yourself on the global map than through table tennis. I look forward to seeing as many countries show their interest as possible, not just from our tradition hosts, but new ones as well.”
The ITTF said the "promotional opportunities" of hosting a World Table Tennis Championships "is massive, with your city's landmarks on the world feed, reaching over 355 million TV audiences in at least 122 countries across the world and millions more through ITTF’s 2.2 million social media fans."
The team and individual world championships are held in alternate years. Halmstad, Sweden will stage the next team event in 2018, with Budapest, Hungary hosting the 2019 individual edition.