Laussane (Switzerland), June 14 (MNN) India, Sweden, Republic of Korea, Portugal, and Argentina have expressed interest to host the 2024 World Table Tennis Championships Finals, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has said.
India last hosted the tournament in New Delhi in 1987. If it is successful in its bid, it will be 37 years before the world-class table tennis action returns to the subcontinent.
Expression of interests from these member-associations have been received till date for the hosting rights, underlining the global appeal of the event, the ITTF said.
Portugal and Argentina are seeking to host the storied event for the first time, whilst Korea will hope for the event to return to the country after it was forced to cancel the competition in Busan due to COVID-19 pandemic last year.
Sweden hopes to host its first championships finals in six years since Halmstad last staged the event in 2018. Previous cities that have hosted the World Table Tennis Championships Finals include Stockholm (1928, 1949, 1957, 1967) and Gothenburg (1985, 1993).
Following their expressions of interest, the bidding exercise will enter the next phase where ITTF will release the requirements and other resources exclusively to the bidders who have expressed an interest.
Bidders will have to submit their final bids by June 30, 2021.
Between July 1 and August 22, ITTF officials and staff will conduct the evaluation and inspections.
Candidates are then invited to present their bids where ITTF members will cast their votes on the award of host for the 2024 World Table Tennis Championships Finals.
Gabor Felegyi, ITTF Competition Director (Interim) said: “We are really excited to have received a record number of interests from these five member associations to host the World Table Tennis Championships. This highlights the stature of the tournament as well as the economic benefits it brings to their country. We look forward to evaluating their respective bids as the process heads into its next phase.”
Held since 1926 in London, the World Table Tennis Championships holds the greatest historical significance and highest global interest among players, fans, media and partners.
It was last held in Budapest in 2019 and will make its return to Houston (US) this year followed by Chengdu (China) in 2022.
In a revamped format, the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals in Houston will feature 128 players in singles and 64 pairs in each of the doubles competitions competing in a straight knockout format for the right to be crowned world champions.