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Durban has been granted rights to host 2023 World Table Tennis. This was confirmed by the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) during a virtual Annual General Meeting.
This is set to be the first World Table Tennis Championships to take place in Africa since Cairo played host in 1939.
Durban enjoyed a commanding 90 votes to 39 victory over its German opponent.
President Matamela Ramaphosa has congratulated the South African Tennis Board for the successful bid.
“The South African Tennis Board has done our nation proud with a winning bid that will once again bring a global sport and friends from all over the world to our shores.”
“Now it is up to all of us to reward the confidence expressed in us by the International Table Tennis Federation with efficient, innovative and hospitable preparations for and hosting of this prestigious tournament.”
“We especially welcome this recognition of our nation’s capability at a time when the world is focused on a global pandemic that has understandably taken our minds off the hope, optimism, solidarity and inspiration that sport is able to foster” said the president.