Durban unveils logo for 2023 World Championships finals
The logo for the Durban 2023 World Table Tennis Championships final was unveiled today at a prestigious ceremony, featuring a range of national, provincial and municipal sporting and government officials.
It incorporates all the various attributes of the game, the host country, and the inclusiveness and representativeness enjoyed by the sport of table tennis in Africa and around the world. The colors of the South African flag represent the host country, while the watermark, the King Protea, is the national flower of South Africa. The logo creates a very impactful, youthful and energetic experience that encourages users to engage in these historic championships that will take place in Africa after an absence of 84 years.
“We are thrilled to welcome the world to what is one of the most popular sports on planet Earth. The last time such an event was held in South Africa was twelve years ago, during the FIFA World Cup. The final of the Table Tennis World Championships promises to be just as spectacular from a sporting and entertainment point of view, in addition to bringing activity much needed economic opportunity to the city and province, and to provide a wonderful opportunity for South Africa to re-market itself to the world.Having endured the horrors of a global pandemic, this is exactly what we have need and it comes at the right time.
Joe Carrim, Chairman of the SA Table Tennis Board and Head of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
The world of table tennis will come to Durban from May 22-28, 2023, at the Durban International Convention Centre, and the championships will have a major impact on the economy of the city, the province of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa. South.
“We would like to send our best wishes as we celebrate a one year countdown to the final of the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships in Durban. We are delighted to continue working together to help develop and promote the sport in South Africa and across Africa, as we hope to see the continent’s best athletes compete at the highest level and become world table tennis stars!
Khalil Al-Mohannadi, ITTF Executive Vice President
With hundreds of players and officials from over 200 countries and worldwide media coverage, the World Table Tennis Championships Finals will provide a wealth of social, tourism and economic development opportunities for the host city. .
“We are more than ready to welcome the world! We have the infrastructure, transport networks, hotels, restaurants, lively entertainment venues, some of the best sporting venues in the world, a unique African experience, the most beautiful and welcoming people in the world, renowned for our South African friendliness, and of course, our famous Weather”
Mxolisi Kaunda, the Executive Mayor of eThekwini’s, the Metropolitan Municipality which includes the City of Durban.
The LOC has a strong focus on its legacy program of social cohesion, to encourage sustainable development through sport within local communities. As part of the lead up to the World Championship Finals, the South African Table Tennis Council will host a series of events focused on promoting social cohesion across communities, using table tennis as a medium. The objective is to implement this legacy program in the host city and the Province, but also throughout the country.
“Once again, sport provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase South Africa to the world, while fostering unity and cohesion among our people.”
Nocawe Mafu, Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture