Data map: ITTF CEO Steve Denton.
Photo by Wang Xiaogen
China News Service Client, December 1st. According to ITTF news, ITTF CEO Steve Dangu recently expressed his gratitude to the Chinese Table Tennis Association when reviewing the restart event series: The event and the full support of our sport, all this is impossible to achieve."
"Our sport has a long history in China, and we look forward to continuing to work together for the development of table tennis around the world. We also thank the German and Thai Table Tennis Association for agreeing to change the World Cup to China." Steve Dangu Say so.
The ITTF restart event series consists of the ITTF Women's and Men's World Cup held in Weihai, China on November 8-15, and the ITTF Finals held in Zhengzhou on November 19-22.
It is reported that a total of 116 participants from 27 countries and regions including athletes, coaches, referees, and ITTF staff have entered China.
Denton believes that the restart of the event series brings hope to the table tennis and even the entire sports world: "Even in a crisis, we can overcome everything. When most of the world's Olympic events are still trying to return to the international stage, table tennis The ball did it."
"For most of 2020, we are just fighting for survival, but in the past few months, we have not only survived, but we have done more. We have shown the vitality of table tennis to the world, and Has a very bright future."
For the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships, Denton also expressed a positive attitude: "Now, we will soon shift our attention to 2021, and now we have the confidence to successfully restart, we will hold bigger and better events, so that All our activities are back to normal operations. We look forward to meeting you in Busan, South Korea and participating in the World Table Tennis Championships together."