The city of Busan was chosen to host the final of the 2024 World Table Tennis Championships after the 2020 event had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I would like to congratulate Busan and I am already looking forward to the 2024 World Cup final,” said Petra Sörling. Congratulations to all members of the Korean delegation. I am sure that they will host a spectacular World Cup that will inspire millions around the world to play and enjoy table tennis. “
Despite a long tradition in table tennis and iconic athletes, this is the first time the Republic of Korea has hosted the marquee. It will be a fitting year, because 2024 will be the 100th anniversary of the introduction of table tennis in Korea.
Busan was supposed to host the 2020 World Championships before they were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The cancellation of the 2020 World Championships was a difficult decision,” commented Steve Dainton, CEO of the ITTF Group. “I believe that the member associations have expressed their solidarity and compassion for the city of Busan and the KTTA at the annual general meeting today in the spirit of a united table tennis family.”
Seung-min Ryu, IOC member and President of the Korean Table Tennis Federation, commented, “I would like to thank all of the ITTF federations for their tremendous support for Busan. Thank you for placing your trust in us again to organize a great event. I would like to take a moment to praise Busan City, our Organizing Committee, and the Korean Table Tennis Association. Thank you for all the work you have done during this process. “
“We’re going to make it a competition where the players and spectators are the focus. We also intend to set up a knowledge transfer program during the competition to share our experience and knowledge with other member associations. With this we want to raise the bar for our sport.
The ITTF began the application process for the 2024 World Table Tennis Final in March of this year, and Busan was elected today by member associations during the ITTF’s 2021 Annual General Meeting in Houston, Texas. The Korean offer was matched by an offer from Buenos Aires. Originally, five countries, Argentina, India, Korea, Portugal and Sweden, had submitted bids.