Just some 16 months away, staged at the beautiful Busan Exhibition and Convention Center popularly known as BEXCO, the 2024 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals will take place from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 February.
The announcement was made public on Thursday, September 22 at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Busan; an occasion where the Local Organizing Committee was formerly proclaimed.
In addition to key positions, Ryu Seung-min, member of the International Olympic Committee, ITTF Executive Vice President and President of the Korea Table Tennis Association, was appointed co-chairs alongside Park Hyeongjoon, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City.
A momentous event for the Republic of Korea, it is a landmark in more ways than one. It will be the country’s first time hosting a World Table Tennis Championship in any form. In addition, as Ryu Seung-min said in his acceptance speech, the tournament will mark the centenary of table tennis that first became known in the country.
“The COVID-19 has not stopped the ambition of the Korean table tennis community to host the finals of the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships in 2024 on the centennial year of the sport’s introduction in Korea. We will ensure the success of the event with proper planning and preparation and by communicating closely with the ITTF and its members to welcome the global table tennis family to Busan, Korea in the year 2024. The Korean Table Tennis Community, the Korean Government and Busan metropolitan city; they all wholeheartedly support the event and I am confident it will be a huge success.” Ryu Seung-min
The proceedings are undoubtedly in safe hands, a fact recognized by Khalil Al-Mohannadi, ITTF Executive Vice President in charge of the World Championships portfolio.
“The Korea Table Tennis Association has a long track record; they have built an excellent reputation for successfully hosting major events such as the Asian Championships and ITTF World Tour tournaments. I am delighted that this great Asian table tennis nation will host the ITTF World Championships for the first time. I’m even happier that it will take place two decades after Ryu Seung-min won gold in men’s singles at the 2004 Athens Olympics. WWe can rest assured that Ryu Seung-min and his team will deliver an event of the highest quality in 2024. I am looking forward to the final of the Busan World Team Championships.” Khalil Al-Mohannadic
In each of the men’s and women’s events in Busan, there will be 40 teams; as the host country, the Republic of Korea, is automatically entered, an additional 33 teams will gain places through a continental stage in which all ITTF member associations can compete, the remaining six places will be determined by intercontinental qualification.
It is noteworthy that the eight quarter-finalists in each of the men’s and women’s events in Busan will win places at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, whose table tennis events in the French capital will start on Sunday, July 27 and end on Saturday, July 10. August.
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