The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has launched the bidding process for the new and expanded 2020 ITTF Para Events.
Since the mid-90s, Para Table Tennis players have had the opportunity to compete in international tournaments in a regular way. Currently, Para Events are run by the International Table Tennis Federation, with a series of events for new and also experienced players to challenge themselves and earn international recognition.
The 2019 ITTF Para Events were extremely successful with the highest ever number of participants. Next year’s ITTF Para Events will consist of six ITTF Factor 40 events and ITTF Factor 20 events. ITTF Factor 40 events will offer players higher world ranking points with better playing conditions and most importantly, greater players exposure. What’s more, the first quarter of 2020 will still be part of the qualification period for Tokyo 2020, which build up the excitement of the events.
The more flexible requirements of the ITTF Factor 20 events will also allow more cities to get on board to host an international table tennis event, gaining experience just as the new and upcoming players are!
“The Italian Table Tennis Federation has been organizing the Lignano Master Open since 2010 and that experience allowed us to host the 2013 European Para Championships,” said Giuseppe Vella, Tournament Director of Lignano Master Open. “The event held in Sports Tourist Village – Bella Italia uses facilities with very high accessibility for people in wheelchairs, with a large number of adapted rooms and a functional sports venue with a capacity of 2000 seats. In all these years, this tournament has given a perfect opportunity for more than 30 Italian Para athletes to compete against the best players in the world.”