Khalil Al Mohannadi, President of the Arab Table Tennis Federation and the Qatari Table Tennis Association (QTTA) and First Vice President of the ITTF.
Doha: The United States, Turkey, Italy and the United Arab Emirates have announced their withdrawal from the race to host the 2025 World Table Tennis Championship, leaving only Qatar, Spain and Germany vying for the candidacy.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Inspection Committee will continue to visit candidate countries to determine the readiness of venues, facilities, hotels and infrastructure.
The ITTF will announce the winning country to host the World Championship on the sidelines of the next ITTF General Assembly, which will be held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on December 10-11.
The Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) officially submitted a bid to host the 2025 Table Tennis World Cup last July, making it the second time Qatar has hosted the championship after hosting the edition 2004, which was very successful from a technical and organizational point of view.
Throughout the history of the world championships, no Arab country has hosted the tournament except Egypt, which hosted it 83 years ago (1939), and Qatar being the second .
The competition for the hosting rights of the championship promises to be fierce since it will be an exceptional edition. This is the last tournament before the big celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ITTF in London in 2026.
Khalil Al Mohannadi, President of the Arab Table Tennis Federation and the Qatari Table Tennis Association (QTTA) and First Vice President of the ITTF, said that all host candidate countries have a long history on the international table tennis scene as well as the sport in general, acknowledging the difficulty of competing for accommodation.
Al Mohannadi said in a press release that Qatar has great self-confidence, stemming from his contributions to the game. Furthermore, he promised the world that Qatar’s Candidature File will be distinct as it includes a unique representation of modern Qatar, including its airport, metro, sports halls and venues, hotels and top-level infrastructure.
Al Mohannadi added that the inspection committee will assess all these details, expressing his hopes that Qatar will win the accommodation bid, although the task will not be easy at all as all other bids are competitive.
“Qatar will be competing vigorously to host this event, and have already started to put together a preparatory committee to ensure it meets all the requirements of the international federation, as well as those of the inspection committee ahead of their visit. in the country,” Al Mohannadi said. .
Qatar has already hosted five major international table tennis events in the past month of March, which is clear proof of the trust that the ITTF places in QTTA: given the accumulated experience and competence of the State of Qatar in administration and organization: characterized by professionalism and the ability to successfully organize major international events.