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ITTF takes World Cups to Düsseldorf and Bangkok

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has awarded hosting rights for its 2020 Men’s and Women’s World Cups to Düsseldorf and Bangkok, respectively.

The Men’s World Cup will be held in the north-west German city between October 16-18, 2020, with the Women’s World Cup taking place in Thailand’s capital from October 23-25.

For Düsseldorf, this will be the second time that it has staged a Men’s World Cup, six years on from the 2014 edition, and three years after it hosted the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships. Other Men’s World Cups in Germany took place in Magdeburg in 2010 and Saarbrücken in 2016.

Bangkok will be making its debut on the World Cup circuit next year after staging the 2014 World Tour Grand Finals.

“We are looking forward to working together with both countries to take the overall organisation, operations and marketing of the World Cups to a higher level,” Zena Sim, head of World Cups and the ITTF Challenge, said.

An annual event, last year’s Men’s World Cup was held in Paris, France, with the 2019 event to be staged in Chengdu, China from October 25-27. The 2018 Women’s World Cup was also held in Chengdu and will return to the city this year from October 18-20.