World Table Tennis (WTT) and the Chinese Table Tennis Association have been working closely with Chinese government authorities to kickstart an exciting chapter for the sport with the WTT “China Hub”.
The planned events in China form part of the new WTT Series event structure, aiming to create a truly global sport with diverse participation opportunities for players, clubs and fans alike.
We have jointly taken the decision to schedule the China Hub for after the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Although China has confirmed that it will be able to host WTT events from June, we believe that, given the current circumstances, it is the fairest and safest decision for our players as they prepare for the Olympic Games and navigate global uncertainty around travel and training restrictions. The well-being of all those involved in our sport remains our number one priority.
Events in China will be part of a series of elite WTT competitions to be held in the second half of 2021, alongside Grand Smashes and the ITTF World Championships around the globe. As well as marking a return to regular elite events as Covid-19 restrictions ease, these events will usher in a new era for table tennis, championing our sport’s culture and offering richer player and fan experiences.
We continue to assess options to be able to host WTT events in the run-up to Tokyo, and will provide regular updates on our website. We would like to state our gratitude to our Chinese partners for their efforts and collaboration, and look forward to seeing you all back at tables across the world very soon.
About World Table Tennis
Successfully launched in 2021, WTT heralds a new era for professional table tennis with the new WTT Series showcasing the sport’s best and up-and-coming table tennis players in up to 34 events around the world. The WTT Series features four Grand Smashes as the pillars of the support, eight single-table, single-gender WTT Champions events, the WTT Contender Series and the season-ending WTT Cup Finals, all of which will entertain fans and inspire future generations of table tennis players. Complimented by the global WTT Youth Series, WTT creates a pathway that showcases the journey of a player from day one to world number 1 through the ITTF Table Tennis World Rankings. For more information, please visit worldtabletennis.com.