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WTT will return to Doha in September with a second WTT Star Contender, following its successful debut there earlier this year with the WTT Middle East Hub.

The WTT Star Contender Doha, which will be held at the Lusail Sports Arena from September 20-25, is the third WTT event in Qatar in 2021 and offers 600 ITTF table tennis world ranking points and a purse of USD 200,000.

Table tennis fans can look forward to a whole new presentation of table tennis with the eight-sided court and centralized TV production, as well as some of the world’s best players who captivated a global audience in March.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, strict COVID-19 management measures continue to be in place to ensure events remain safe for everyone involved. All athletes, employees, officials, and the media must undergo routine PCR testing, maintain social distance and always wear masks.

The President of the Qatar Table Tennis Association and ITTF Vice President, Mr. Khalil Al-Mohanndi, said: “We are delighted after our success with the WTT Middle East Hub in March, where we did our part in making table tennis history in Qatar , the return of the event and bringing some of the best players in the world together to compete at the highest level again.

“It is a good opportunity for Doha to host another WTT event as the best Asian players are already ready to travel to Qatar. Because of the pandemic, we have to maximize the events if international travel is still this difficult. “

Japan shone at the last WTT Star Contender Doha individual events, in which Tomokazu Harimoto won the men’s individual title and Mima Ito secured the women’s individual title one after the other. While Japan took the spotlight in singles, the Republic of Korea dominated doubles, with Lee Sangsu and Jeoung Youngsik winning the men’s and Jeon Jihee and Shin Yubin the women’s doubles. Cheng I-Ching and Lin Yun-Ju from Chinese Taipei won the mixed doubles.

WTT Star Contender Events are in the third stage of the WTT Series, as part of the revamped event structure created by WTT, a commercial and event subsidiary of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

As part of WTT’s commitment to host events in the second half of 2021, the WTT Contender Budapest will be held on May 15.

The WTT Contender Budapest is the fourth level within the WTT Series structure. It offers a total of $ 75,000 in prize money and 400 ITTF table tennis world ranking points in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions for men and women.

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About World Table Tennis

WTT was successfully introduced in 2021 and heralds a new era for professional table tennis with the new WTT series, which showcases the best and emerging table tennis players in the sport in up to 34 events around the world. The WTT series features four grand smashes as pillars, eight single-table WTT champions events with a single gender, the WTT contender series and the season end WTT cup finals that will entertain all the fans and future generations from . table tennis players will be inspired. Complemented by the global WTT Youth Series and the WTT Feeder Series, WTT creates a path that shows a player’s path from day one to number 1 in the ITTF table tennis world rankings. For more information, please visit worldtabletennis.com

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