ITTF Conducts Successful 2018 World Table Tennis Championships Site InspectionPhoto: ITTF
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has concluded a site inspection for the Liebherr 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships to be held in Halmstad, Sweden from 29 April to 6 May 2018.
The ITTF inspection party led by ITTF Deputy President Khalil AL-MOHANNADI and the ITTF CEO Steve DAINTON, toured all the facilities that will be used for 54th World Table Tennis Championships in the table tennis heartland of Sweden.
After visiting the venue together with the Executive Committee, ITTF Deputy President Khalil AL-MOHANNADI stated: "We were pleased and impressed with the progress the organizing committee is making, and we strongly believe that the event will be able to build on the momentum of the 2017 edition to make new records. The venue and facilities are great and we are excited to see the hosts put their Swedish twist on the biggest table tennis event on earth."
The main hall, where the World Champions will be crowned, will have three tables, which will all be produced live for ITTF's global TV rights holders over the eight-day event with special innovations to be announced soon. An elaborate sports presentation plan will ensure that the tens of thousands of fans expected to flock in to the Halmstad Arena will be treated to a table tennis show that they will never forget.
ITTF CEO Steve Dainton added: "We feel very relaxed and comfortable after our visit to Halmstad, not only due to the awesome hospitality the locals have shown us, but mainly due to the plans and preparations presented to us for next year's Liebherr 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships. There is a high-level detail and creativity on the plans and we are extremely confident that the event will be a great event. That said, the last months leading to the event are crucial and there is still a lot of work to be done. Limited tickets and hotels will mean that it will be important for fans to get their hands on the tickets when tickets are released in November, so they can be a part of the World Championships."
The 2018 edition of the World Team Table Tennis Championships will consist of 72 teams, who will qualify through their continental championships. The top 24 teams will make up the Championship Division which will battle to be World Team Champions.
Early bird tickets go on sale on 1 November 2017, head over to http://wttc2018halmstad.com/ to pre-register your interest so you don't miss out!