DOHA: Doha was picked as one of the six cities to host the inaugural International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Veterans Tour event.
The Qatari capital will host the competition in November 7-10.
The series, which will start in Shenzhen, China, on August 8, will also be held in Innsbruck (Austria) August 21-25, Townsville (Australia) 11-15 September, Fort Lauderdale (Florida) October 17-20 and Cardiff (Wales) December 13-16.
“This is the ITTF’s initiative to bring together a group of players aged 40 and over, from across the world, in a professionally organised, marketed and operated Tour,” said ITTF President Thomas Weikert.
The tournament represents the first professionally organised series of events to link the global community of table tennis players aged 40 and will include first-ever veterans world ranking system; consistent playing formats; dedicated ITTF World Veterans Tour website section, including event-specific pages and enhanced marketing and social media programmes for Tour operators.
“This is not simply an opportunity for mass participation in an ever-growing veteran players’ community, but also for host cities to put on an international sporting event with visibility boosted through the support of the ITTF’s Marketing Team,” added Weikert.
Player entries are due to open by the end of March while further cities may still be added to the current event schedule.
With seven age categories on offer and match formats including Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles events, this is very much a Tour open to anyone and everyone who continues to show their passion for the sport.
“The launch of the Veterans Tour will provide all table tennis lovers with the platform for playing and promoting the culture of the sport worldwide,” said Mr Frank Ji, Founder of Sportsmaster and Special Advisor to the ITTF President for Commercial and Business.