Upon receiving a comprehensive update report from the COVID-19 Task Force, which was set up to monitor the global situation closely, and after deliberations with key stakeholders, here are the key outcomes reached during the meeting:
• The Executive Committee agreed to ask the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Busan to look for new dates to host the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in the early months of 2021 due to the fact it would be unlikely that the majority of teams would be able to travel to Korea Republic in September 2020.
• The ITTF will go ahead with holding its AGM on 28th September 2020. If the World Championships are postponed, the AGM will be conducted online.
• Once the situation regarding the World Championships is confirmed, and with the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games also in mind, the ITTF will look at an overhaul of its original 2021 calendar planning in the coming weeks.
• In terms of the 2020 calendar, the ITTF remains hopeful of staging full open international events in the last quarter of 2020. The ITTF is also investigating the possibility of holding alternative, regionally based and invitational events earlier in 2020.
• After a thorough consultation process, with the active participation of the ITTF Athletes Commission, the Executive Committee ratified the qualification system adjustments for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Once confirmed by the IOC and IPC respectively, these qualification systems will be formally announced.
• The Executive Committee through its foundation, together with World Table Tennis (WTT), will be providing financial support for National Associations, players and foundation projects affected by the COVID-19 crisis. More information will be announced soon.
• In light of recent global events, the ITTF underlines its zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination.
The ITTF Executive Committee will meet again on 23rd June 2020 and will continue to provide further updates on all upcoming decisions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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