ITTF postpones World TT Championships due to Coronavirus

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The International Table Tennis Federation has confirmed that the World TT Championships has been till June. The world governing body for table tennis has announced a tentative dates of June 21 to 28.

The event was originally scheduled between March 22 and 29 in Busan, South Korea.

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In light of the emerging situation in Korea Republic and to best preserve the health and safety of players, officials and fans, the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan have been postponed with the dates of 21-28 June provisionally reserved, ITTF has stated in a Press release.

Following news last Friday of the first confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Busan, Korea Republic, an emergency contingency meeting was held between the ITTF Senior Management, the Korea Table Tennis Association (KTTA) and representatives of the city of Busan to discuss the status of the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships.

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Following the meeting, the ITTF Executive Committee and all stakeholders in Busan had decided to provisionally reserve the dates of June 21 to 28 for the event and to monitor the situation in the coming weeks.

Given the uncertainty and changing situation in Korea Republic amidst the outbreak of the deadly virus across South Korea, the decision was made with the health and safety of players, officials and fans as the top priority.

In light of the postponement of the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships, the ITTF is currently working with the local organising committee of the World Tour Australian and Korean Opens to find suitable dates for those events, which had been scheduled to take place during the same period.

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