16 Feb 2024

Get ready for an exhilarating journey as the world's top table tennis athletes converge on Busan for the highly anticipated ITTF World Championships 2024. From historic moments to intense showdowns, here is everything you need to know about this thrilling event.

Get ready for an exhilarating journey as the world’s top table tennis athletes converge on Busan for the highly anticipated ITTF World Championships Finals 2024. From historic moments to intense showdowns, here is everything you need to know about this thrilling event. 

When and Where 

The Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO) is set to become the epicentre of world table tennis from today, February 16 to 25, 2024, as it hosts the ITTF World Championships Finals. This historic occasion marks the first time the event is being held in the Korea Republic. Brace yourself for ten days of thrilling competition amidst the vibrant atmosphere of Busan, a city pulsating with energy and anticipation. 

“Today we are in Busan, aware of the sacrifices and determination it took to bring this event to realisation. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to our gracious hosts, and to all our partners who have supported us throughout this journey.” – Petra Sörling, ITTF President and IOC member 

“I am thrilled to have the World Championships in Korea Republic for the first time. I would like to thank the organisers and volunteers who are providing us with such exceptional facilities and support, allowing us athletes to focus solely on their performance. I am ready to give my all in this event.” – Shin Yubin, WR8 

Trophy Defence 

Defending champions China’s formidable teams are back in action, poised to defend their titles in both the Men’s and Women’s categories. As they pursue victory, all eyes are on the prestigious Swaythling Cup and Corbillon Cup, symbols of dominance and excellence in the world of table tennis. With a record-breaking 22 victories each, China’s teams are primed to reaffirm their status as table tennis powerhouses. 

Anticipated Showdowns 

In the heart of Busan, the stage is set for thrilling clashes as the Korea Republic’s teams step into the spotlight. Buoyed by home-ground advantage, they are determined to make their mark on the global stage. Amidst fierce competition, can they turn the tide and secure glory on home soil? Germany and Japan, formidable challengers, stand ready to challenge China’s longstanding supremacy, setting the scene for an epic battle of skill and determination. 

 Individual Rankings 

In addition to team success, players now have the opportunity to earn individual ranking points, further intensifying the competition. With up to 1,000 points up for grabs for winning teams, every match becomes a crucial battleground for players aiming to climb the ranks. This innovative approach underscores the importance of individual excellence within the framework of team success, adding a strategic dimension to the tournament.  

Sustainability and Legacy 

Beyond the thrill of competition, the ITTF World Championships 2024 also exemplifies a commitment to sustainability and legacy-building. Recognised with the prestigious ISO 20121 Certification for Outstanding Sustainability Performance, the event embodies the spirit of environmental responsibility and innovation. From reducing waste to promoting eco-friendly practices, the organisers are leading by example, demonstrating that small steps can make a significant difference in shaping a sustainable future for sport. 

Sustainability is very close to my heart, and the ISO Certification we’ve received is a testament to the hard work of our local leadership. The organisers here are showing us that we can all make a difference, even with small steps towards sustainability.”  –  President Sörling. 

Road to Paris 2024 

As a pivotal Olympic qualifier, the stakes are higher than ever at the ITTF World Championships 2024.  There are up to eight Olympic quota spots in each respective team competition at Paris 2024 at stake. These will go to teams who reach the quarter-finals that have not previously secured their spots. In the men’s team event, spots have already been obtained by France (hosts), China, Australia, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and Egypt. Women’s quotas have already gone to France (hosts), China, Australia, Germany, the United States, Brazil and Egypt. Quotas unused at this event will be reallocated to the March 2024 World Team Ranking. You can stay updated with the race to Paris 2024 here. 

Join Us in Busan or Tune in Live! 

As the table tennis world turns to Busan, fans are invited to witness the excitement firsthand and be part of table tennis history in the making. Secure your tickets now at this link to experience the thrill of the ITTF World Championships 2024 in Busan. For those unable to join us in person, stay connected with live coverage and exclusive content to catch all the action from wherever you are. Visit this link to find out where you can catch the live broadcast and follow the excitement as it unfolds. Photos are available on ITTF’s Flickr.

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