The Slovenian towns of Celje and Lasko will host the 2018 edition of the World Para Table Tennis Championships, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced.
The competition will mark the first world title tournament for individual para table tennis events since the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Around 330 athletes are expected to compete in 21 medal events. The competition will run from October 15-21 next year.
The World Para Table Tennis Championships had comprised both team and individual events up until the 2014 tournament in Beijing, China. Since then, the competition has been restructured to feature team events in odd years and individual events in even years.
Damijan Lazar, president of the Slovenian National Paralympic Committee, said: “For the first time ever, Slovenia will be hosting World Para Table Tennis Championship in 2018. The allocation of the organisation of such a major event is a result of many successfully executed international table tennis competitions, taking place in Lasko every year. Earlier in May this year, we hosted the Slovenia Open for the 14th time, and will host the European Para Table Tennis Championships in October, and then an even bigger event, which is the World Championships for individuals in 2018.
“For the first time ever also, the World Para Table Tennis Championship will be hosted by two towns: Celje and Lasko, with the Sports Hall Zlatorog Celje home to the competitions, while Thermana Lasko, who has been accommodating our athletes for all these years at the Slovenia Open, will continue to take care of the accommodation. With some challenges and adaptions, specific for hosting the disabled, we are confident that we will once again set the bar of organisation to unreachable heights for a few years to come.”