Original title: Durban, South Africa won the right to host the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships
The ITTF announced the final stage of the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships-Durban, South Africa. This is the World Table Tennis Championships once again settled in Africa since it was held in Cairo, Egypt in 1939!
On September 28, the ITTF Annual Congress was held online for the first time in the history of the World Table Tennis Championships, establishing a new model for the World Table Tennis Championships finals: players and teams need to qualify for the World Table Tennis Championships finals through the intercontinental qualifiers, so as Organized in many countries and regions. The new model will be implemented in 2021.
At the Congress, Durban, South Africa, defeated another candidate city, Dusseldorf, Germany, by 90 votes (69.77%) to win the right to host the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships. The latter won 39 votes (30.23%). After successfully hosting the World Table Tennis Championships in 2017, Dusseldorf has been actively striving to host the tournament again.
This is the first time that the ITTF has held its annual congress online in a virtual form. The purpose is to ensure that the conference can be conducted in the safest way during the new crown epidemic.
ITTF President Thomas Victor had to be quarantined until Sunday evening (September 27) because he had close contact with patients with the new crown virus last week. In the end, he received a negative test result, but he was unable to fly. Qatar participated in the meeting. Table tennis will return to the international stage by holding a "restart" series of events in November. While deciding other major decisions, the Congress will also report on the impact of the new crown epidemic on the international table tennis.