08 Nov 2023

The First-Ever ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals Hosted in Korea Republic

The world of table tennis is buzzing with anticipation as the countdown to the much-awaited ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals Busan 2024 Presented by BNK Busan Bank reaches just 100 days. This prestigious event is set to take place at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO) from February 16 to 25, 2024. With top-notch talent, fierce competition, and the stunning backdrop of Busan, this championship is destined to be a spectacle of grandeur. 

This marks Korea Republic’s first-ever hosting of the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals, a long-awaited milestone that promises a unique experience for fans and a chance to celebrate Korea Republic’s place in table tennis history. 

Who is headed to Busan?

Get ready for an electrifying battle of talent and skill as teams from around the world converge on Busan, eager to showcase their top-tier table tennis prowess. ITTF is proud to unveil the forty men’s teams and forty women’s teams who qualified and will compete for glory in Busan. 

The stage is set, and anticipation is running high. Notably, this ITTF World Championships will also serve as a qualifier event for Paris 2024, adding an extra layer of significance to this prestigious competition. 

“Busan 2024 marks a truly remarkable moment as Korea Republic steps into the spotlight, hosting its inaugural ITTF World Championships Finals. With Korea Republic’s enduring legacy in the sport, we have full faith in the Korea Table Tennis Association (KTTA) to deliver an exceptional event that not only showcases top-tier competition but also with a sustainable approach and mindset in the delivery of the event as well as the warm hospitality of Busan. With the city’s rich culture and dynamic energy, we are confident that this championship will be an unforgettable experience for athletes and fans alike” – Petra Sörling, ITTF President

BNK Busan Bank Becomes Presenting Partner

Busan 2024 announced a new partnership through the signing of a Presenting Partner agreement with BNK Busan Bank. The Local Organising Committee Co-Presidents Ryu Seung-min and Park Heongjoon’s were joined by BNK Busan Bank esteemed President and CEO, Bang Seong Bin at a signing ceremony.  

The official title of the event is the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals Busan 2024 Presented by BNK Busan Bank 

BNK Busan Bank’s pivotal role as the presenting partner not only encompasses financial backing but also extends to delivering essential financial services to event attendees and the Local Organizing Committee. The bank’s logo will take pride of place, gracing official guides, both online and offline platforms, field of play, backdrops, large screens, and various other high-visibility locations. For BNK Busan Bank, this partnership serves as an invaluable opportunity to raise brand awareness and global recognition.  

“Congratulations to the Busan 2024 Organising Committee and BNK Busan Bank for what will undoubtedly be a fruitful partnership. This highlights the global appeal and immense value that the World Championships bring to our esteemed partners. We eagerly anticipate a successful event that not only captivates table tennis enthusiasts but also contributes to the growth of the table tennis market in the Korea Republic.” – Steve Dainton, ITTF Group CEO  

Getting Ready for Busan with Just 100 Days to Go

As the final 100-day countdown to the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals Busan 2024 commences, the excitement is palpable. A promotional booth at the 18th Busan Fireworks festival drew an enormous crowd, with around a million people gathered at Gwangalli Beach. The booth allowed attendees to learn more about the event and participate in table tennis games. 

Today, to commemorate the 100-day mark, the venue is adorned with striking mascot sculptures accompanied by a countdown clock, reminding everyone that the grand event is just around the corner, and a ceremony will also be held.  

“The Organising Committee is all prepared for Busan 2024 ITTF World Team Championships Finals. For the remaining 100 days, the LOC will just fine tune all aspects for the perfect and successful hosting of our event.” – Ryu Seung-min, President of Korean Table Tennis Association, Co-President of the Busan 2024 Organising Committee, ITTF Executive Board Member and, IOC Member 

“Busan puts the utmost effort to prepare and support that ITTF World Team Table Championships Finals Busan 2024 presented by BNK will be the most electrifying and shining moment in the history of table tennis in Korea.” – Park Hyeongjoon, Mayor of Busan and Co-President of the Busan 2024 Organising Committee.

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