Following the success of the first ITTF mixed team World Cup in Chengdu in 2023, the ITTF announced on December 11th that the men’s singles World Cup and the women’s singles World Cup will also return. These two traditional ITTF events will be held in April, 2024 in China and Macau, the largest indoor gymnasium-Macau Galaxy Variety Hall.
The Galaxy Variety Hall, which can accommodate as many as 16,000 spectators, is the top indoor venue in Asia at present, equipped with the first-class technology and entertainment facilities in Asia, which will bring unprecedented experience to the audience.
The ITTF World Cup is one of the "three major competitions" of table tennis (Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup), and it is an important part of table tennis players’ personal Grand Slam. In 1980, the first ITTF Men’s Singles World Cup was held in Hongkong, China, and Guo Yuehua of China won the championship. In 1996, the first ITTF Women’s Singles World Cup was also held in Hongkong, and China’s Deng Yaping won the championship. However, in 2020, the ITTF announced the cancellation of the World Cup, which also led to the player’s grand slam achievement missing an important event.
At the press conference on the 11th, Petra Sorin, president of ITTF and member of the International Olympic Committee, said: "The mixed team World Cup in Chengdu in 2023 has achieved remarkable success, which also laid the foundation for the future. On this basis, we are pleased to announce that the men’s singles and women’s singles World Cup held in Macau, China in April 2024 will return, and the mixed team competition will be held in Chengdu next November. I believe that we will once again witness unforgettable events, which will further enrich the legacy of the ITTF World Cup. "
Text | Reporter Lu Hang
Figure | vision china
Editor | Hao Haoyu
Proofread Zhang Jialiang