In September, the table tennis world witnessed an electrifying display of prowess as each Continental Federation came together to host their respective championships. These events not only showcased the relentless dedication of the continents but also provided a stage for table tennis stars from all corners of the globe to shine and inspire local fans, while serving as a crucial qualification pathway to the ITTF World Championships Finals Busan 2024 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“Congratulations to our dedicated Continental Federations, Member Associations, and all the organisers for their exceptional work in successfully delivering their respective Championships. These events showcase not only the tradition but also the global power of our sport. The increase in participation is a result of our long-term collaboration in our development programmes. Together, with passion, we continue to elevate table tennis to new heights and inspire athletes and fans worldwide.” — ITTF President Petra Sörling
ITTF Group CEO Steve Dainton added, “The global table tennis family takes another significant step towards greater professionalism, clearly demonstrated by the seamless organisation and delivery of these championships. Congratulations to all those involved, your dedication and hard work are greatly appreciated. Continental events play a vital role within our event pyramid, and this year’s editions held even more significance, given their substantial contribution to the Olympic Qualification pathway.”
At the ITTF-Africa Championships 2023, Tunisia continued to shine as a beacon of dedication to host table tennis events. With the support of ITTF Africa, the North African member association’s resolute commitment has been fervently promoting the sport, and its journey is nothing short of commendable. From successfully hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers to the ITTF World Youth Championships 2022 and all tiers of WTT events, Tunisia has evolved into a vibrant hub for table tennis. The continental championships that was held from 11 to 17 September in Tunis was a celebration of Africa’s inexhaustible talent with a historic milestone achieved, as 15-year-old Hana Goda became the event’s youngest-ever women’s singles champion.
The ITTF Pan American Championships 2023 in Havana concluded on a successful note, and ITTF Americas and the Cuba had ample reason to celebrate. From 10 to 17 September, this event not only showcased the immense talent of the continent but also marked a significant milestone for the Continental Federation and the Cuban table tennis Federation. Havana’s commitment and resilience to delivering a successful continental championships, underscores the city’s dedication to the sport. Notably, this event was the first Pan-American competition hosted by Cuba, an addition to the city’s recent sporting legacy, which includes hosting the Latin American Championship in 2018 and the Caribbean Championships in 2022.
The 26th ITTF-Asian Table Tennis Championships, which unfolded in Pyeongchang from 3 to 10 September, exemplifies the fervour of players across Asia, while also showcasing the Asian Table Tennis Union’s (ATTU) efforts towards growing the sport’s popularity in the region. This continental championships has become an integral part of Korea Republic’s journey in shaping the future of table tennis, as the member association is preparing for the ITTF World Team Championships Finals Busan 2024.
The European Team Championships 2023, hosted by Sweden in the city of Malmö from 10 to 17 September, provided a splendid backdrop for an exceptional display of table tennis prowess. The competition proved to be a memorable one, with Sweden’s men’s team claiming the gold medal and ending a 21-year drought in front of home crowd. Sweden’s hosting was a testament to the nation’s adoration for the sport and its commitment to creating an environment conducive to achieving greatness, further solidifying its place in European table tennis history. This achievement also serves as a commendation of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) for its role in organising this prestigious continental event.
The 2023 ITTF-Oceania Senior and Youth Championships, held in Townsville, Australia, and organised by ITTF Oceania together with Table Tennis Australia, was not only a testament to the sport’s growth in the region but also a commendable display of their dedication to delivering a successful event. This event also served as a platform to showcase the region’s emerging talents. Claiming both men’s and women’s team titles for the 12th time, Australia’s exceptional performance underscored their dominance in the region and their passion for nurturing table tennis in Oceania.
These Continental Championships illuminated a path towards a promising future, exemplifying unity, sportsmanship, and excellence. ITTF extends its congratulations to all Continental Federations, organisers, athletes, and fans. Together, we elevate table tennis to new heights, inspiring generations to come.