— Published 21 August 2023

A London-Bangkok match to mark the centenary

A year after its first edition in Amman, Jordan, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is organising its second annual ITTF Summit this week at a major hotel in Bangkok. The Summit will conclude on Thursday 24 August with the General Assembly of the ITTF, chaired by Petra Sörling of Sweden. The meeting will be dominated by the election of the host city for the 2026 World Table Tennis Championships, the centenary year of the global event. There are two competing bids: London, where the first world championships were held in 1926, and Bangkok, host of the ITTF Summit. If the English capital wins, the 2026 World Championships would be held at the Wembley Arena. Bangkok, for its part, is proposing to host the tournament at its new, ultra-modern Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (pictured above), ideally located in the heart of the city. This convention and exhibition centre was officially inaugurated last November to coincide with the annual meeting of APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.