The 2024 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Busan World Table Tennis Championships, which will feature world-class table tennis stars, will be held in BEXCO, Busan from February 16 to 25.
This is the first World Table Tennis Championship to be held in Korea, and Korea has overcome the pain of postponing and canceling the tournament twice in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
In this competition, the world’s most prestigious table tennis competition, all table tennis players from around the world, including China’s Marong Panjendong, Sun Yingsha, and Chen Meng, as well as France’s Le Brung brothers and Harimoto brothers and sisters from Japan, will gather.
South Korea will also challenge for medals with 10 best national teams, including gold medalists Shin Yu-bin (Korean Air) and Jeon Ji-hee (Mirae Asset Securities), Jang Woo-jin, Lim Jong-hoon (Korea Exchange), and Lee Sang-soo (Samsung Life Insurance).
The ITTF will hold individual competitions in odd-numbered years and team competitions in even-numbered years. Therefore, only team competitions will be held in this year’s event.
As a result of the draw, the men’s team was included in Group 3 along with India, Poland, Chile and New Zealand, while the women’s team was included in Group 5 along with Puerto Rico, Italy, Malaysia and Cuba. The top eight teams in each group will go straight to the round of 16, while the second and third teams in each group will have a showdown to win the remaining eight seats.
Overall, both the men’s and women’s teams were well-matched. Analysts say that as long as Korea can beat out India’s dark horse and Puetrico’s checks, it is safe to expect Korea to advance to the round of 16 and beyond.
The women’s national team won its first gold medal at the Sarajevo Championships in 1973, and has not won a medal since it topped the Chiba Games in 1991, when it played as a unified team between the two Koreas, Korea. However, recently, Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee won the women’s doubles gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games, and their international competitiveness has increased significantly, including a “house fight” in the WTT Contender Women’s Singles Final.
마카오토토주소 The Korean men’s team has advanced to the semifinals for three consecutive times from the 2016 Kuala Lumpur event to the 2022 Chengdu event, and especially gained momentum by winning the bronze medal at the last Chengdu event. The Korean men’s team is determined to go beyond the bronze medal to advance to the final at the upcoming championship at its home turf.
As the event draws keen attention from table tennis players around the world, foreign media and global fans are also paying keen attention. “About 120 reporters have already applied to cover the event overseas. More than 100 Korean reporters will also visit the event,” said an official from the organizing committee.
Table tennis fans from all over the world will also flock to the event. “As Busan is an international tourist city, many foreign fans are expected to visit,” said an official from the committee. “We ask many Korean table tennis fans to come to the stadium and support our players.”
The organizing committee sells tickets by dividing them into tickets for each day and night session of BEXCO Choppy Hall (main stadium) and Lupi Hall (second stadium). Day sessions start from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and night sessions are tickets for games at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The match on the 24th, which has a total of three games, including two men’s semifinals and one women’s final, has already sold out all seats, and many tickets have been sold on major game days such as the opening game.
“In particular, the main hall, which only has a single table tennis table, has made great efforts to show ‘special table tennis competitions that we have never experienced before’ in lighting, stands, and stadiums,” the organizing committee said. “We hope that you will pay a lot of attention to this competition, where you can see the essence of world table tennis in Korea.”