Three-way race for 2023 World Table Tennis Championships Finals
Melbourne, Dusseldorf and Durban are battling it out to stage the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals in 2023, it was revealed today.
The cities all met the 30 November final bid deadline, with Kuwait, a contender as recently as October, having withdrawn its interest in the annual event.
Officials from the International Table Tennis Federation will evaluate the bids and conduct site visits until February, a month before the candidates are invited to present their bids to the annual general meeting.
Steve Dainton, chief executive of the ITTF, said: “The race to stage the 2023 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals is really exciting, as we have two candidates, Australia and South Africa, who are vying to host the event for the very first time, while Dusseldorf put on one of the most memorable events in our sport’s history in the 2017 edition. We are looking forward to seeing a highly competitive bidding process develop further now.”
The World Championships are being expanded from 2021 to comprise a series of continental and intercontinental stages, all leading to the World Table Tennis Championships Finals, which will include the best of the best from the previous stages.
The first new-look Finals will be staged in Houston, USA in 2021, with Chengdu, China to play host in 2022.