The 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships, originally scheduled to be held next month in Seoul, has been postponed to a later date due to the rise in the number of Coronavirus cases in the country, the International Table Tennis Federation announced Tuesday.

The event, originally scheduled between March 22 and 29, has now been pushed back to three months and the new proposed dates are likely to be June 21 to 28 – subject to monitoring of the situation in coming weeks – following an emergency meeting between ITTF and local organisers.



“In light of the emerging situation in Korea Republic and to best preserve the health and safety of players, officials and fans, the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan have been postponed with the dates of 21-28 June provisionally reserved,” the ITTF said in a statement.

Given the uncertainty and changing situation in Korea Republic amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 across the nation, the decision was made with the health and safety of players, officials and fans as the top priority. The ITTF, while further stating that updates will be provided when more information comes to hand, expressed its thanks to those involved with Busan in various capacities.



“The ITTF places on record its thanks to the local organising committee in Busan and the KTTA, led by president Ryu Seung-min, for their outstanding professionalism in dealing with this extraordinary situation. By continuing to work hard and in close cooperation with all stakeholders in Busan, the ITTF remains confident about putting on a great World Championships in June,” the statement further read.

As of Tuesday morning, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea had risen to 893, up 60 from the previous day, with eight people having died.

As of Tuesday morning, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea had risen to 893, up 60 from the previous day, with eight people having died.