The key discussion was around the Busan 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships (WTTTC), postponed to 2021. The BoD members received the report of the Local Organising Committee and agreed to go ahead with organising the WTTTC in Busan, Korea Republic, on a reduced format, with a maximum of 32 men’s and women’s teams as per the request of the Korea Table Tennis Association (KTTA) and entrusting the ITTF Executive Committee to make the final decision on the size and format of play, in cooperation with the Technical Commissioner, involving the continental presidents in the final decision.
During the meeting, Mr Igor LEVITIN (RUS) and Mr Leonel GODOY (HON) were ratified as members, replacing Mr Ronald KRAMER (NED) and Mr Jorge HERRERA (GUA).
The reports of the Athletes Commission, Junior, Technical and Gender commissioners were received, and among the key decisions taken, the world title competition ages were adjusted to under 19 and under 15.
It was decided to increase the World Championships Finals to be held in Chengdu, China, in 2022, from 32 to 40 teams.
Green, blue, violet and purple/pink (with specific ranges) were approved as the four new colours for racket coverings (rubbers) to be used on one side of the racket, in addition to red; the other side remaining always black.
The 2021 and 2022 World Youth Table Tennis Championships were allocated to Portugal and Tunisia (pending on a subsequent necessary change in chapter 4 at the next BoD meeting).