Chinese automobile giant Dongfeng Fengshen unveiled as Major Partner of top-tier trio of ITTF eventsPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced that Dongfeng Fengshen will be Major Partner of three highly prestigious, end-of-year events: the ZEN-NOH 2019 ITTF Team World Cup, the 2019 ITTF Men's World Cup and the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals. Already a partner of the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA), Dongfeng Fengshen will have exclusivity in the automobile manufacturing category of the trio of events, which will grip the world of table tennis over the coming weeks:
ZEN-NOH 2019 ITTF Team World Cup in Tokyo, Japan (6 – 10 Nov, 2019)
Taking place this week in Tokyo, the Team World Cup sees 12 of the strongest national associations, in each of the men's and women's competitions, battle for glory.
This year's edition serves as a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Dongfeng Fengshen joins an illustrious line-up of partners, already including Japanese agricultural giant ZEN-NOH as Title Sponsor and worldwide leader in IT, networking and cybersecurity solutions Cisco Systems as Official Sponsor.
2019 ITTF Men's World Cup in Chengdu, China (29 Nov – 1 Dec 2019)
The Men's World Cup pits 16 of the globe's best male players against one another. A star-studded cast awaits, including World champion Ma Long (CHN), Asian Cup champion Fan Zhendong (CHN), Europe Cup champion Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER), Pan American Cup champion Hugo Calderano (BRA), Africa Cup champion Omar Assar (EGY) and Oceania Cup champion Heming Hu (AUS), as well as evergreen legends Timo Boll (GER) and Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) alongside ever-growing talents Tomokazu Harimoto (JPN) and Lin Yun-Ju (TPE).
2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Zhengzhou, China (12 – 15 Dec 2019)
The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals provide the most spectacular stage to bring the curtain down on an unforgettable 12 months of ITTF World Tour action, as the world's greatest table tennis stars battle it out for the much-coveted end-of-year titles and $1 million USD total prize purse – the highest on offer in the sport.
The event will feature many of the biggest names in table tennis, who accumulated the highest number of points over the course of the year's ITTF World Tour, among those eligible: 16 players in each of the men's and women's singles competitions and 8 pairs in each of the men's, women's and mixed doubles categories. An extra special ingredient of the 2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals is that the best 4 mixed doubles pairs in Zhengzhou will seal direct qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
"We are very honoured to work with the ITTF and make a contribution to the sport of table tennis in China. The Team World Cup will kick off in Tokyo very soon. Team spirit is what counts here and, on behalf of Dongfeng Fengshen, we hope that Team China will achieve good results and bring glory to the country.
"Ma Long and Fan Zhendong will be representing China at the Men's World Cup in Chengdu and we wish them the very best. Meanwhile, the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals will see the top 4 mixed doubles pairs qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games, and so we expect a very intense battle to take place in Zhengzhou." – Yan Hongbin, Deputy General Manager at Dongfeng Fengshen.
"On behalf of the ITTF, I thank Dongfeng Fengshen for their immense support of international table tennis. This represents an important part of Dongfeng Fengshen's strategy within our sport after partnering already with CCTTA.
"We hope that the ITTF can help to grow Dongfeng Fengshen's brand across the globe through these top-tier events, and we also hope that we can work together with them for the further development of table tennis." – Xu Yi, Head of Sponsorship (China) at ITTF.