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ITTF Women’s World Cup set for European debut

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has awarded the Austrian city of Linz the hosting rights to its 2014 Women’s World Cup, marking the first time that the event will take place in Europe.

The World Cup is scheduled to take place at the Sportpark Lissfield in Linz from October 17-19. It will be the first time that it will be staged outside of Asia, where it has traditionally been hosted since its inception in 1996.

The annual tournament will feature the world’s best 20 players that have qualified for the event through their respective Continental Cup competitions during the previous six months.

The city of Linz and the Austrian Table Tennis Association already have a relationship with the ITTF having hosted the 2009 edition of its World Team Cup.

Judit Farago, chief executive of the ITTF, said: “The ITTF is very pleased to allocate the 2014 Women's World Cup to the Austrian Table Tennis Association, who are very experienced organisers and have a rich tradition in table tennis. The ITTF will make history with the Women's World Cup this year, as it is hosted first time outside Asia. Hopefully it will give further motivation to the top European players to challenge their Asian and global rivals.”