by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Matters were formalised at a special signing ceremony staged on Tuesday 5th June.
Hosted by Yang Shenwei, the Chengdu Municipal Sports Bureau Competition Division Chief; alongside Steve Dainton, ITTF Chief Executive Officer and Liu Yi, Vice President of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, distinguished local dignitaries were also in attendance.
Yang Limin, the Sichuan Sports Bureau Deputy Director and Tan Xuejun, the Chengdu Municipal Sports Bureau Director were present as was Gao Wei, the Chengdu Municipal Sports Bureau Deputy Director.
The city of Chengdu is no stranger to major international events, having hosted the ITTF World Tour China Open on four consecutive recent occasions commencing in 2014.
Liu Yi, Vice President of the Chinese Table Tennis Association stated during her speech:
“After 4 consecutive years of hosting the China Open, Chengdu has earned the right to host the 2018 & 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2019 Men’s World Cup.
The Women World Cup is one of the most important women’s table tennis events on earth and we believe that Chengdu has the ability to host an event worth of the top players with high level organization. We look forward to welcoming the world to Chengdu!”
ITTF CEO Steve Dainton added: “Chengdu has always been a trusted organiser of ITTF events. At the World Championship, the ITTF received full support from our members to go forward with new ideas, new plans and development. One of the key pillars is to develop our international events; therefore, we treat the World Cup more importantly than before and have raised the prize money significantly. It will make the event in Chengdu the richest World Cup in history.
Thank you to the Chinese Table Tennis Association, Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Sichuan Bureau of Sports and the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Sports for your support to bring these events to Chengdu, without you we would all not be here today. Also, my thanks go our sponsors DHS, Enlio, GoDaddy, Donic and especially Uncle Pop, the title sponsor of the Women’s World Cup, my deepest gratitude for their massive support.”
Notably, later this year it will be the ninth time when China has hosted the Women’s World Cup and the second time in Chengdu; the one previous occasion when city was the home being in 2007. In addition to intense competition in the arena, a fashion show and a women’s forum were also staged. The host nation dominated matters securing all three steps of the podium; Wang Nan beat Zhang Yinging in the final, Guo Yue overcame Hong’s Tie Yana to secure third place.
The Uncle Pop 2018 Women’s World Cup will be staged from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September.