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Table tennis worlds in S. Korea tentatively rescheduled for Sept.

All News 16:15 April 07, 2020

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- Following two postponements caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the world's top table tennis tournament to take place in South Korea has been tentatively set for September.

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Tuesday announced the new provisional dates, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, for the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

These images, provided by the organizers of the 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan on Nov. 11, 2019, show the competition's emblems. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The competition was originally slated to run from March 22-29, but was postponed by three months on Feb. 25.

Then on March 30, the event was pushed back indefinitely, as the ITTF decided to shelve all international competitions and activities until June 30.

Following its consultations with Busan's organizers and the Korea Table Tennis Association (KTTA), the ITTF has settled on the late September start for the time being.

"The ITTF and KTTA continue to monitor the situation, with the priority being placed on the health and safety of players, coaches, fans and officials," the world table tennis governing body said in a statement.

The ITTF said this year's world championship is "the most significant annual table tennis event and richest in terms of history of the sport."

In this file photo, from Feb. 21, 2020, Ryu Seung-min (R), president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, and Steve Dainton, CEO of the International Table Tennis Federation, attend a press conference at BEXCO in Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, to discuss preparations for the World Team Table Tennis Championships in the city. (Yonhap)

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