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Coronavirus Impact on Table Tennis

Coronavirus Impact on Table Tennis
Last Updated - 31 March 2020

World Table Tennis Championships 2020

The table tennis world team championships have been postponed again after ITTF, the sport’s governing body, suspended all planned international events until June 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The world team championships in Busan, South Korea, had already been delayed from May 22-29 to June 21-28, reports Xinhua news agency. The ITTF met on the weekend to make the postponement decision and it will propose new dates this week. The ITTF said it was freezing rankings lists as of this month and would consider adjustments to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which have been postponed to next year. Previously - ITTF has also taken measures and postponed the WTTC following the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Busan, Korea Republic. 2020 World Table Tennis Championships postponed due to COVID-19

Olympics 2020

Olympics 2020, Japan now officially postponed to 2021 and the Olympics committee announced dates for 2021 Olympics. IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and Tokyo Metropolitan Government announce new dates for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 . There is a discussion on TableTennisDaily about CoronaVirus & Olympics 2020.

2020 ITTF suspends all events till April

In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has decided to suspend all activities provisionally until the end of April 2020. ITTF suspends all activities provisionally until end of April

2020 ITTF Hong Kong and China Open

There is no information about these events at this point.

2020 ITTF World Tour Japan Open

International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Japan Table Tennis Association (JTTA) and Local Organising Committee (LOC) have agreed to the postponement of the 2020 ITTF World Tour Japan Open. The event had been scheduled to take place in Kitakyushu between 21 – 26 April 2020. 2020 ITTF World Tour Platinum, LION Japan Open

2020 ITTF Polish Open

ITTF has confirmed immediate suspension of the 2020 ITTF Polish Open. ITTF Challenge Polish Open suspended with immediate effect

World Table Tennis Championships

ITTF has also taken measures and postponed the WTTC following the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Busan, Korea Republic. 2020 World Table Tennis Championships postponed due to COVID-19

ITTF Platinum Qatar Open 2020

Qatar Open started on 3rd March 2020 and the event commenced normally. Check our coverage page for Qatar Open 2020.

Team China in Qatar

Team China didn’t return to China after 2020 German Open and Qatar Open 2020. They are currently training in Qatar - Team China in Qatar

Future Table Tennis Events

There is a lot of uncertainty about the impact of COVID-19. ITTF publishes information on their official blog. Make sure to check ITTF Blog for any official information regarding future tournaments. We will also update information on TTC.

Table Tennis is widely popular sport around the world. CoronaVirus was first detected in Wuhan, China and has spread across China. China is currently the dominant force in table tennis and the national sport of China is “Table Tennis” or “Ping Pong”.

What is CoronaVirus

CoronaVirus (COVID-19) are large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. It has affected more than 70000+ people worldwide and caused 2800+ deaths. WHO(World Health organization) has put an official information on Coronavirus.

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