The ITTF has launched the bid process for the Bigger, Better and Enlarged Table Tennis (WTTC) World Championships final for 2024.
This will mark the third edition of the enlarged version of the world’s largest table tennis event, which first goes into effect in 2021 in Houston, United States, and then in 2022 in Chengdu, China.
A series of continental stages taking place before will lead to the WTTC final, which will feature the best players from the previous stages.
The WTTC Finals offer the incredible global reach of over 500 million fans on fast-growing TV and digital platforms, but are now more viable for more potential cities and countries around the world to organize and carry on the tradition of the most prestigious event. in table tennis, which started in 1926 and continues to grow.
The WTTC 2024 Finals will run from May 20 to June 9 (10-14 days), in the following categories:
- 40 men’s teams [Round Robin]
- 40 women’s teams [Round Robin]
- 16 teams of group winners and finalists [Knock out]
The new WTTC final will be a table tennis festival that promotes all facets of the sport and the city in which it takes place, across the world. The new format allows all games to be televised around the world, and flexible programming to ensure key games are in prime time to help ticket sales and audience ratings. television.
“’Despite the ongoing pandemic, we are happy to be able to help rekindle the enthusiasm by starting the bid process for the 2024 World Championships final. After two successful bubbles – the #RESTART and the Middle East HUB – we are looking forward to seeing a large number of competitive offers from potential Host Cities interested in hosting our most prestigious table tennis event of the year. Together with our future partner, we will be ready to continue transforming the WTTC into an even bigger, bolder and innovative event that will present world-class table tennis actions and activities to the world. We are also confident that the 2024 World Championships final will provide fans with the highest level of experience through local entertainment and global coverage, ”said ITTF Competition Director (Acting) Gabor Felegyi.
The tendering process is as follows:
- Interest phase: March 31 to May 15, 2021, 23:59 GMT
* Offers not submitted in this phase will not be eligible for the next phase
- Final auction phase: May 16 to June 30, 2021, 23:59 GMT
- Assessment phase (including inspections): July 1 to August 20, 2021
- Selection of the winning bid: September 18, 2021, where successful bidders are invited to present their final bid to the ITTF and all National Associations for voting at the AGM 2021, location to be confirmed.
For more information and to register your interest, please visit www.ITTFbids.com