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Budapest confirmed as host for 2019 ITTF Worlds

The Hungarian capital of Budapest has today (Tuesday) been confirmed as the host city of the 2019 individual World Table Tennis Championships.

The announcement was made after Budapest presented its bid to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) at its AGM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Budapest was last month confirmed as the only city to submit a bid for the Championships. The event will take place at the city’s SYMA events hall, which the ITTF in February approved as being suitable for hosting the competition.

ITTF president Thomas Weikert said: “Budapest presented a very impressive bid to the members, and I am confident that our Hungarian friends will put on a fantastic show for us in three years’ time.”

Budapest has not hosted a table tennis World Championships since 1950 but will stage this year’s ITTF European Championships. The news ties in with the Hungarian government’s plans to stage more major sporting events in the country, with Budapest also bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The individual and team Table Tennis World Championships take place in odd and even years respectively. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is currently hosting this year’s team event, with the German city of Dusseldorf staging the 2017 individual championships. The 2018 team event will take place in Halmstad, Sweden. Suzhou in China hosted last year’s individual tournament.

In other news, ITTF members have voted for the chairman of the body’s Athletes Commission, Vladimir Samsonov, to be a full member of the federation’s Executive Committee. Samsonov will take his seat on the committee immediately. Previously, the Athletes Commission was represented with voting rights on the board of directors and without voting rights at the ExCo.