Brisbane to serve up international table tennis festival

Brisbane is set to deliver another sports extravaganza when it hosts more than 1,000 table tennis competitors and spectators from across Australasia next year.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the 2020 Festival of Table Tennis, which runs for 16 days next April, would be an additional shot in the arm for Brisbane’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

“Brisbane just keeps serving up more to see and do for residents and visitors,” he said.

“We are becoming one of the Asia region’s most popular locations for events, conferences.

“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 superstars 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. The festival will be delivered by Table Tennis Australia (TTA), Table Tennis Queensland (TTQ) and the International Table Tennis Federation – Oceania (ITTF-Oceania), with support from Brisbane Marketing.

TTA chief executive Scott Houston said the alignment of national and international championships would create a thrilling festival atmosphere.

“TTA is very happy to combine the National Senior and Youth Championships and National Para Championships into one event for the first time,” he said.

“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.”

ITTF-Oceania general manager Barry Griffiths said that 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,” he 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.”