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ITTF takes Women’s World Cup to United States

The US city of Philadelphia has secured hosting rights to the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) 2016 Women’s World Cup.

The event will take place at Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University from October 7-9.

The competition will be the first time that an ITTF World Cup singles event will have been staged in North America. Las Vegas, Nevada, staged the 1992 World Team Cup, while Palo Alto, California, played host to the same event in 2007.

The qualification rounds for this year’s tournament will take place on October 7, with the round of 16 and quarter-final matches scheduled for day two. The competition concludes on October 9 with the semi-finals and finals.

Players that have already qualified for the event include current world champion Ding Ning (pictured) of China and Wu Yue of the US, the latter of whom won the 2016 North America Cup. Both athletes will also participate at the upcoming summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

ITTF president Thomas Weikert said: “The USA is a key market for the ITTF and table tennis, with many up-and-coming young talents making way onto the international stage. We hope that this big event will help further develop the sport in the USA.”

Gordon Kaye, chief executive of USA Table Tennis, added: “To be able to host this field of very talented women, most of whom will also be competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, is incredible. We look forward to an amazing event highlighting the great sport of table tennis and the top female athletes from around the world.”