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ITTF to undertake review of major events

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has formed a new working group to review the structure and format of some of the sport’s major events.

The formation of the new ‘Planning and Promotion’ group was announced at an ITTF Board of Directors meeting in Kuala Lumpur during the World Team Championships, which concluded on Sunday.

The group will discuss the future of the ITTF’s leading events before presenting a proposal to the body’s Executive Committee by the end of the year. The proposal will outline the direction the ITTF wishes to take going forward.

ITTF chief executive Judit Farago said: “During the 2016 World Championships, it became more apparent that the ITTF needs to take a look at its major events to ensure they are structured in a way to ensure the maximum commercial and promotional benefits to the ITTF and international table tennis.”

The ITTF also confirmed that the next edition of the team World Championships, which will take place in the Swedish city of Halmstad in 2018, will feature a maximum of 72 men’s and 72 women’s teams. The decision was reached after local organisers presented their latest update report.

In other news, the ITTF has confirmed that the 2016 World Cadet Challenge tournament will take place in Shanghai, China, and that Suva in Fiji will host the event next year. The body also announced that the World Junior Championships in 2018 would take place in Riva del Garda, Italy.