Tokyo awarded 2014 Team Table Tennis Worlds

The biggest event on the global table tennis calendar will be staged at the Yoyogi National Stadium and will represent the sixth time Japan has hosted the tournament. The Japan Table Tennis Association (JTTA) last hosted the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Individual World Championships in Yokohama two years ago.

“This move was strongly encouraged by the ITTF and after discussions with the JTTA we were pleased to reach a positive outcome,” said ITTF president Adham Sharara. “It is important for Japan to display courage in adversity and host world-class events. We wanted to ensure the ITTF could provide an opportunity for such an event.”

A statement from the ITTF indicated that the body had considered giving Japan the opportunity to host the event after the devastating earthquake in March led to several other sporting events being shifted from the country. The World Table Tennis Championships take place in May, except during Olympic years.

The 2012 World Team Table Tennis Championships will take place in Germany and the 2013 Individual World Championships will be staged in France. “With the 2012 and 2013 World Championship hosts already agreed, 2014 was the earliest available slot, and after some negotiations with other candidates we were able to make it a reality,” Sharara added.