Member Associations | 21 Jul 2020
Suspension of ITTF events in August 2020
The ITTF Executive Committee has decided to extend the suspension of all ITTF events until the end of August 2020, due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ITTF World Tour Czech Open, originally scheduled between 25–30 August 2020 in Olomouc, has been cancelled after the ITTF and Czech Table Tennis Association deemed the event impossible to stage amidst the ongoing travel restrictions and potential risks to health and safety. The ITTF places on record its thanks for the hard work undertaken by the Czech Table Tennis Association towards the preparation of the event.
Meanwhile, the ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open, originally scheduled between 5–10 May 2020, will not be going ahead. The event had been provisionally postponed, with the ITTF and Hong Kong Table Tennis Association working together to find new suitable dates towards the end of the year. However, the ongoing travel restrictions amidst the pandemic have made it impossible to reschedule the event in 2020.
The ITTF continues to explore the possibility of holding alternative events, which could be implemented for the final months of 2020, in case the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow the staging of full open international events as originally planned.