International Table Tennis Federation Current Affairs - 2020

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International Table Tennis Federation suspends events, freezes World Rankings

On March 30, 2020 the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced that it is suspending all the planned events till June 30, 2020. The decision was taken during the ITTF meeting that was held to discuss the effects of Novel Corona Virus.

Highlights

The ITTF is suspending all the events that were planned due to the postponement of Tokyo Olympics, 2020 and Paralympic Games. The Committee has also decided to freeze the rankings.

ITTF

The ITTF is the governing body of all the national table tennis associations spread all over the world. The Headquarters of the Federation is located in Switzerland. It was founded in 1926. There are six continental federations operating under ITTF. They are Table Tennis Federation of India located in India, Asian Table Tennis Union of Asia, European Table Tennis Union of Europe, Latin American Table Tennis Union, Oceania Table Tennis Federation and North American Table Tennis Union.

Hence out of the 5 continental association, India has a separate place in the Federation. This is because India has the highest members in the federation out of the other continents.

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2019 ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open: China grabs 4 gold

China claimed four gold medals at 2019 ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open, covering both Men’s single & doubles and Women’s single & doubles.

In 2019 edition of ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) World Tour Hong Kong Open, China sent only their young guns and made star players, like Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning rest for next week’s Japan Open.

Key Highlights

  • Women’s Singles: Wang Yidi of China won her first women’s singles title on international level by defeating No.2 seed Mima Ito of Japan with a thunderous 4-0 scoreline.
  • Women’s Doubles: In women’s doubles final, Chinese pair Chen Ke and Mu Zi overcame Jeon Ji-hee and You Eun-chong of Republic of Korea (South Korea), registering their first trophy as a pair.
  • Men’s Singles: Lin Gaoyuan of China added another gold after he registered a six-set victory over Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan, to whom Lin lost at final hurdle of 2018 edition of ITTF World Tour Grand Final.
  • Men’s Doubles: Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan of China won men’s doubles title by defeating Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon of South Korea. It is the Chinese players’ first gold medal success as a pair on the ITTF World Tour.

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