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ITTF announces host cities for second edition of T2 Diamond Table Tennis League

Singapore, Johor Bahru in Malaysia and the Chinese city of Haikou have been named as the three host cities for the 2019 T2 Diamond Table Tennis League.

This year’s season will be the second of the new competition, and will kick off in Johor Bahru from July 18-21, stopping in Haikou on September 26-29, with the final leg to be held in Singapore from November 28 to December 1.

Jointly organised by the International Table Tennis Federation and Singapore-based table tennis events company T2, the pan-Asian league is being used to foster innovation in the sport, using a time-based match format to increase the pace of the game and playing in arena-style venues to attract larger crowds.

As well as a $1.5m total prize purse, the 2019 edition will also offer bonus world ranking points to all competitors, which will count towards qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.