Busan to host world table tennis championships in 2024

In this photo provided by the Busan Metropolitan Government, Petra Sorling (R), the new President of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), and her predecessor, Thomas Weikert, announce that Busan will host the World Championships in 2024 team table tennis during the ITTF General Assembly in Houston, Texas on Wednesday. (Yonhap)

The southeastern metropolitan city of Busan will host the world table tennis championships in 2024, four years after losing competition to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced that Busan is hosting the 2024 World Table Tennis Team Championships at its annual general meeting in Houston, Texas on Wednesday (local time).

Houston is currently hosting the World Championships with individual events – singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In even years, the world championships feature men’s and women’s team events.

Busan was scheduled to host the team championships in 2020, but the event was postponed several times before being completely canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In May, Busan launched another bid for the 2024 event and beat Buenos Aires in an ITTF vote, 97-46.

The 2024 Championships will run from May 24 to June 2, with some 2,000 athletes and officials from around 100 nations on site.

Ryu Seung-min, member of the International Olympic Committee and president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, also chaired the Busan bid committee. (Yonhap)

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