Khalil Al Mohannadi to QNA: Qatar Ready to Host 2025 ITTF World Table Tennis Championship

Doha, January 24 (QNA) – President of Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) Khalil Al Mohannadi, who is also President of Arab and Asian federations and Deputy President of the International Table Tennis Federation, affirmed that Doha is ready to host the 59th edition of 2025 ITTF World Table Tennis Championship.

In an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA), Al Mohannadi said that Qatar previously hosted ITTF World Table Tennis Championship in 2004, and since then the championship has neither been hosted in the Middle East, nor in the Arab countries.

Since then there have been a myriad of difficulties due to shortage of halls, however, Qatar is now ready to host such a global event with 80 percent, thanks to the availability of luxurious and cutting-edge sports halls, whether in Lusail Multipurpose Hall, or in Aspire, along with the available hotels, Khalil Al Mohannadi said.

He added that the QTTA has a teamwork from the Qatari young people who have high competencies and aptitude, and hosting the event will not pose any difficulty to the Association, pointing out that the world championship is different from the rest of the championships.

He confirmed that Qatar is ready to host such an event and will not be waiting the inspection team to set the date of hosting the event, after it was already set for May 2025. However, due to the high temperature at that time, it was suggested that the championship be held in January or February.

In addition, Al Mohannadi pointed out that QTTA has succeeded and excelled in hosting combined championships since many years, adding that Qatar is set to organize the Qatar World Table Tennis championship, which includes 3 international championships and wraps up on Jan. 30, 2023. He added that Qatar had previously hosted the Asian qualifiers for the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships Finals in South Africa, and will continue hosting these combined championships in 2023 and 2024, until the world championship in 2025.

He outlined that such kind of championships will have benefits for the players in helping them reduce the financial expenditures, pointing out that when 3 or 4 championships are combined in one place, they will ease burdens on the players and the participation in these events helps them elevate their global rankings, he said.

The President of QTTA confirmed that the State of Qatar has all kinds of potential, including unrivaled hotels, halls as is the case in this combined championship which is currently being held at Lusail Hall, where all facilitations have been provided to the players.

Qatar is offering things that are rarely provided in other countries, and the QTTA organizes the best championships, and this is evidenced in the substantial number of first world champions and title holders who are participating in these championships, Al Mohannadi confirmed, adding that the QTTA remained the best associations and the first in the world in organizing tournaments.

Thanks to the professional work and the existential support, the QTTA has excelled and is distinguished, and Qatar has young players classified in the world, along with players classified at the Gulf and Arab levels, he said.

He pointed out that the QTTA occupies the first place globally, in terms of the number of championships that have been hosted, as recognized by the family of the International Table Tennis Federation, asserting that there is no association in the world that can organize combined championships for consecutive months. (MORE)