Busan, which produced Korean table tennis ‘legend’ Hyun Jeong-hwa, director of the Korea Horse Association and Yoo Nam-gyu, vice president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, is considered one of the most popular table tennis cities in Korea. Based on this, the Korea Table Tennis Association decided to hold the World Table Tennis Championships in Busan in March last year. However, due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the event was postponed repeatedly, but was eventually canceled.
Now I can get rid of that regret. The 2024 World Table Tennis Championships will be held in Busan. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced Busan as the host city of the 2024 World Championships at a general meeting held at the Hilton Hotel in Houston, USA on the 25th. Accordingly, from May 24 to June 2, 2024, more than 2,000 players and officials from 100 countries are scheduled to compete in BEXCO, Busan.
This is the first time that the World Table Tennis Championships will be held in Korea. Unlike the odd-numbered competitions in which individual and doubles events are held, the 2024 Busan Games, held in even-numbered years, will be held as men’s and women’s team competitions. The slogan for the 2024 World Table Tennis Championships in Busan was ‘One Table, One World’ with the meaning of ‘One World through Table Tennis’.
India, Argentina, Portugal and Sweden challenged to host the 2024 Games along with Busan. Among them, Portugal and Sweden withdrew their intention to bid, and India declared support for Busan just before the ITTF general meeting. In the end, Busan and Argentina competed until the last minute, and in the member states vote, Busan won 97 votes, beating Argentina, which received 46 votes.
Yoo Seung-min, president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, said, “I am more than happy to be able to finally put the preparations I had made for the 2020 tournament into action.
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