Brisbane will host more than 1000 table tennis competitors and spectators from across Australasia during a new Festival of Table Tennis next year.
“Brisbane just keeps serving up more to see and do for residents and visitors. We are becoming one of the Asia region’s most popular locations for events, conferences and festivals,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.
“The 2020 Festival of Table Tennis will bring national and international championship events together for the first time ever, including an Olympic qualifier, so there are going to be some super stars performing throughout the tournament which will be a big drawcard for spectators.”
All events will be held at the Brisbane Table Tennis Club in Windsor across 16 days next April
Table Tennis Australia CEO Scott Houston said they would combine the National Senior and Youth Championships and National Para Championships into one event for the first time.
“The Brisbane Table Tennis Club is the perfect venue choice, especially given a full renovation has just taken place to make the venue fully wheelchair accessible,” he said.
International Table Tennis Festival (ITTF) general manager Barry Griffiths said by combining the events under one Festival, organisers expected greater participation from Australia and Oceania countries and territories.
‘We are excited to showcase the best athletes from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific island countries at the 2020 ITTF-Oceania Championships and 2020 ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships,” Griffiths said.
“The highlight will be the best of the best competing for their dream with singles and mixed doubles spots up for grabs at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”