Beijing, June 24 (IANS) The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Executive Committee will decide a new date for the rescheduled Busan World Team Table Tennis Championships at its next meeting on July 10.
The Busan World Team Championships were originally scheduled to open on March 22, and have already been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.
The ITTF Executive Committee agreed with local organizers that the event would be postponed to the early months of 2021, as it would be unlikely that the majority of teams would be able to travel to South Korea in September 2020.
The Executive Committee will decide an exact date of the Championships at its next meeting on July 10.
As for the 2020 calendar, the ITTF is exploring the possibility of staging alternative events in case the staging of full open international events as planned is not possible due to the pandemic.
World table tennis’ governing body is looking into possible options for staging the 2021 World Singles Championships in the United States, but it will not be possible to host the Championships on original dates of June 17-26 2021, pending the final dates of the Busan event.
The ITTF will hold its Annual General Meeting on September 28 in an online format.