State of the art facilities, setting an example for the rest of the world, for over a quarter of a century that has been the situation in Qatar, the national association under the leadership of Khalil Al-Mohannadi has gained the confidence of all.
On Thursday 17th September at the Extraordinary Congress of the Asian Table Tennis Union, held on-line, the unanimous decision was to award the 2021 Asian Championships to Qatar.
The tournament held on a biennial basis and involving all seven events – men’s team, women’s team, men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles – is planned for September.
Once again, the country’s capital is the host; it is destination Doha.
Notably, the city that has welcomed all the great players of the modern era without exception. Moreover, it has hosted more ITTF World Tour tournaments than any other.
In 1994, Doha announced international arrival, when Korea Republic’s Kim Taeksoo won the men’s singles event at the inaugural Qatar Open; in 1997 the tournament joined the ITTF World Tour and since that date, with the exceptions of 2000 and 2004, has been ever present on the calendar.
Furthermore, in 2016, Doha hosted the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals and Star Awards Evening, having earlier in 2004 being the home for the World Team Championships.
No stranger to world events and no stranger to continental gatherings. In 2006 the Asian Games were held in Qatar; now the Asian Championships return, in 2000 the prestigious tournament was held in Doha.
Exact dates and name of venue will be advised in due course.
Please see the video (Courtesy of QTTA) showcasting why Doha is the one!
Editor : Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: Hussein Sayed – 2020 Qatar Open