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ITTF takes 2016 World Cup to Saarbrücken

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that the German city of Saarbrücken will host the 2016 edition of its men’s World Cup.

Saarbrücken will become the third German city to stage the men’s singles event since its inaugural edition in 1980, with Magdeburg having hosted the 2010 competition and Düsseldorf staging the 2014 tournament. Next year’s event will run from October 1-3 at the Saarlandhalle venue.

The competition will also be taking place in Europe for a 16th time, with a host of cities around the continent having staged the tournament since its inception. The most recent World Cup took place in October of this year in the Swedish city of Halmstad. China’s Ma Long (pictured), currently ranked No.1 in the world by the ITTF, was crowned champion for a second time after seeing off countryman Fan Zhendong in the final.

Michael Geiger, president of the German Table Tennis Association, said he hopes the tournament will attract plenty of interest in Saarbrücken, with the region having not hosted a high profile event such as this for some time.

“Spectator interest in the region is enormous; the tournament starts on a Saturday and concludes on Monday, the Day of German Unity, a public holiday throughout the country,” Geiger said. “German table tennis fans can easily visit the three day table tennis festival.”