The 2026 World Team Table Tennis Championships have been awarded to London by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

The competition will be held at Wembley Arena, London, in May of that year, with practice facilities at Wembley Stadium.

London will host the ITTF’s flagship tournament 100 years after the city staged the first World Championships alongside the foundation of the ITTF in 1926.

It will be the first time England has hosted the Championships since 1997 and the first time since 1954 that the event will be held in London.

The decision was made after delegates at the ITTF’s annual meeting voted for London to host the event ahead of fellow bid city Bangkok.

Adrian Christy, chief executive of Table Tennis England, said: “The global table tennis family has put its faith in Table Tennis England to deliver a memorable championship in London, and I can promise that is exactly what we will do.

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“To bring the centenary World Championships back to the city where it all began is a huge honor and a massive boost for the sport in this country.

“It’s been a monumental team effort to get us this far and we are hugely grateful for the support of the Mayor of London, UK Sport, our venue partners at OVO Arena, Wembley and Wembley Stadium, our consultant partner, Onside, and the team at Table Tennis England.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, added: “I am proud that London is hosting the 2026 World Team Table Tennis Championships.

“Bringing the centenary tournament back to our great city where it began is a fantastic boost for both local sport and the economy, and it will also be the most environmentally sustainable championships to date.”

Sandra Deaton, chair of Table Tennis England, said: “It is wonderful to be awarded the most prestigious World Championships to celebrate 100 years of our wonderful sport.

“Thank you to the ITTF executive board and all our member nations for giving us the opportunity to celebrate the history and deliver a World Championship to take the sport into the next hundred years.

“Being awarded the 2026 World Championships is a result of a journey Table Tennis England has embraced over a significant period of time being brought together over the last few months under the incredible leadership of our CEO Adrian Christie.

“Thank you to everyone involved. The delivery of the 2026 World Team Table Tennis Championships gives our governing body the opportunity to bring back the championships to where it all began.”