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Houston, Chengdu to stage ITTF World Championships

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that its World Championships will be held in the US city of Houston and Chengdu, China in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

The 2021 event will mark the first time that the tournament has been held in the US. It will also be the first time in 82 years that the event has been held outside of Asia and Europe, since the Egyptian capital of Cairo played host in 1939.

The US saw off competition from Morocco to land the event, which will be the first edition to be staged under an expanded format.

Chengdu was selected to host the 2022 tournament ahead of Japan and Portugal, with the US having also submitted a bid for this event.

ITTF chief executive Steve Dainton said: “We noticed raised interest in hosting the World Championships Finals, due to the expansion of the competition from 2021, which adds even more value and prestige. The quality of the bids we received is fantastic news for table tennis globally.”

Budapest in Hungary is currently staging this year’s World Championships, with Busan in South Korea scheduled to host in 2020.