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T2 Diamond China shelved until 2020 due to permit issues

Table tennis event T2 Diamond 2019 China, which was due to be staged in Haikou next month, has been postponed over permit issues.

The event at the Mission Hills complex was due to take place from September 25-29 and this leaves the Singapore leg next on the calendar, with the Malaysian event having been held last month.

Jeff Chue, chief executive and commissioner of T2, said that “holding an event in China requires numerous permits from various authorities, and we have sadly not been able to reach final agreements on the terms and conditions of hosting the event.”

The Singapore-based company told Sportbusiness Asia that the event is not cancelled, but postponed till later in 2020, and they are in the midst of discussions with the the Chinese organisers to confirm when it can be held.

Singapore’s Our Tampines Hub, a community facility in the east side of the city-state, will stage the season finale from November 21-24.

The series is jointly organised by the International Table Tennis Federation and T2, using a time-based match format to increase the pace of the game and playing in arena-style venues to attract larger crowds.

Dentsu Sports Asia, the Singapore-based sports marketing subsidiary of Dentsu, last year acquired a 20-per-cent equity stake in the pan-regional competition.

As well as a $1.5m (€1.3m) total prize purse, the 2019 edition also offers bonus world ranking points to all competitors, which will count towards qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.