Table tennis fans in Japan will be able to catch world-class action with World Table Tennis (WTT) inking a new broadcast rights deal with TV Tokyo, the terrestrial and satellite television broadcaster, until the end of 2024.
The new agreement ensures Japanese table tennis enthusiasts will continue to enjoy watching the dominance of their national stars on the WTT stage, including world number two Mima Ito, winner of back-to-back titles during the WTT Contender Series events in Doha, and 17-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto, world number four and last month’s WTT Star Contender Doha champion.
Fans will enjoy a refreshed TV presentation with greater production levels showcasing the incredible talent of athletes like never before and completed by WTT’s new brand identity that will transform table tennis.
TV Tokyo has had a long history of broadcasting global table tennis events that commenced with the 2005 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships. The new deal signed with WTT will see TV Tokyo broadcast extensive coverage from the World Youth Championships through to WTT’s new Grand Smash events, allowing the story of a player’s journey from day one to World No. 1 to unfold in front of fans eyes.
ITTF CEO and WTT Director Steve Dainton said: “We are delighted to welcome TV Tokyo as WTT’s first television broadcast partner. TV Tokyo has been a strong, long-term broadcast partner and we value their loyalty. Through this partnership, we are pleased to provide our Japanese fans the opportunity to watch table tennis of the highest standards as well as catch their favourite local heroes compete against the best in the world.”
President of TV TOKYO Corporation, Ichiro Ishikawa, said: “We are very delighted and excited about being able to continue our relationship with WTT. With the World Championships and new WTT events, we continue to strive to provide the best actions of Japanese players as well as the players across the world to the fans in Japan.”
The global distribution of WTT’s broadcast rights, including the production of WTT events, is managed by Endeavor-owned sports marketing agency IMG.