2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships canceled amid pandemic
The 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the table tennis world's governing body International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced on Tuesday.
The world championships were originally scheduled to take place this March in Busan but was postponed three times in light of the pandemic with the most recent scheduled date set in February 2021.
However, it was eventually scrapped all together on Tuesday by ITTF who cited the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country in recent days as the main reason.
"With a 2021 calendar that now includes the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was not feasible to postpone for a fourth time," said ITTF in a statement.
"It was also noted that the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships will be held after the Olympics and a process put in place to finalize the details of that event to be announced in January."
Like all other sports, the table tennis has been affected significantly by the pandemic; however, the success of the #RESTART series in China in November to kickstart the return for the sport put a positive tone for the chucked season.