by Ian Marshall, Editor
Ever since Hong Kong hosted the inaugural Men’s World Cup in 1980 and in 1996 the first Women’s World Cup, the tournament has grown in stature, the international appeal truly global.
Played in a three day period there is intense action, high quality matches from start to finish; there is no quiet introduction, adaptation to the environment must be immediate. The pressure is on the shoulders of those who compete from the very start, there is only minimal margin for error.
It is that scenario which makes the event special, the compact nature; a theatrical setting is created where the actors are athletes of the highest order. Quite simply it is three days of enthralling action for the aficionado.
Venue for the proceedings is the Sichuan Province Gymnasium, in each event the total prize fund in US$ 250,000, for the winner US$ 60,000 for the runner up US$ 40,000.
A prized cheque; that is valued but there is the acclamation of securing a world title and adding another to the collection, perhaps two in a year; the host nation’s Ma Long and Liu Shiwen, the winners earlier this year of the respective men’s singles and women’s singles titles at the Liebherr 2019 World Cup in Budapest both compete.
Similar to those that have been witnessed in the past, in Chengdu, intriguing tournaments await.
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