The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has launched the bidding process for the World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) in 2023.
The 2023 event will be the third edition to take place using a new qualifying format designed to involve all of the sport’s national associations. The first tournament under the expanded format will take place in Houston in 2021, the second in Chengdu, China in 2022.
The ITTF has previously struggled to attract hosts outside of Europe and Asia because of the lack of representation from some national associations at the event. At the 2019 World Championships, just 107 national associations took part, which is only 47 per cent of the ITTF’s 226 members.
The federation has worked with consultants from Deloitte to design a new qualification that will ensure quota places for players and teams from each continent are guaranteed, thereby increasing the global footprint of the tournament.
“The new format of the WTTC creates increased opportunities for interested parties to organise more than just the biggest table tennis competition, but also the greatest global gathering for the sport,” said ITTF competition director, Vicky Eleftheriade.
The bidding process will consist of an interest phase from 18 July to 30 September; a final bid phase between October 1 and November 1; an evaluation of bids, including inspections, between December 2019 and February 2020, with the winning bid selected at the ITTF AGM in Busan, Korea Republic in March 2020.
Parties are invited to register their interest before 30 September 2019 at ITTFbids.com.