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Houston, US to host World TT championship for the first time in 95 years

By:  Tupaki Desk   |   15 April 2021 8:16 AM GMT
Houston, US to host World TT championship for the first time in 95 years
At the ITTF Executive Committee chaired a key meeting on the 11th of April, the USA Table Tennis ('USATT'), the non-profit governing body for table tennis in the United States took a crucial call on the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships.

The World Table Tennis Championships will be held in Houston, Texas, from November 23 to 29, 2021. This is the first time an American city will host the prestigious TT event in 95 years.

The TT Championship was earlier supposed to be held in the United States last year. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, South Korea was selected as the host, but the situation forced the organisers to postpone the event.

Now the ITTF has announced that the earlier venue of the United States will host the tournament. The tournament will collide with the 50th anniversary of the Ping Pong Diplomacy.

"After positive weeks of discussions with the Harris County Sports Authority, USATT and USOPC, the decision was to go ahead. Necessary adjustments will be put in place to cater for the current ongoing worldwide pandemic; thus, ensuring the event will be staged successfully," ITTF said in a statement.

Talking about the same ITTF CEO Steve Dainton said, after the 2020 World Championships event in Busan, South Korea was canceled, the responsibility of focusing on the 2021 event fell on us and we took a call on us by picking Houston, USA as the host.

However, taking the Coronavirus situations into consideration, the ITTF Executive Committee said that, only a limited number of officials will be allowed for the prestigious event.