Historic World Championships begin in Durban

Historic World Championships begin in Durban

The historic ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals 2023 is upon us and is igniting excitement among players, fans and organizers alike. For the first time in 84 years, the tournament will take place on African soil, showcasing table tennis excellence amidst Durban’s vibrant African culture.

South Africa’s very own Dean Levy and Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw kicked off the men’s singles round of 128 tournament. The continental compatriots faced a particularly symbolic meeting to herald a triumphant return of the World Cup to Africa. 18-year-old Dean Levy made his World Cup debut but 30-year-old Ibrahima Diaw, who has three World Cups under his belt, proved too strong for him and goes into the round of 16 with the hopes of Senegal on his shoulders.

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“Hosting the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals in Durban is a historic moment for the sport,” said ITTF President Petra Sörling. “It not only marks the return of the championships to African soil after 84 years, but also represents the growing influence and passion for table tennis on this continent. I would like to thank the city of Durban for the hospitality shown, the South African Table Tennis Association, Kwazulu-Natal Province and the South African Government for their invaluable support.”

This championship not only highlights incredible talent, but also showcases the growth and potential of African table tennis, leaving a lasting impact on the city, inspiring future generations and nurturing young talent, while empowering them to shape the future of the sport. Durban is ready to welcome the world, showcasing its hospitality, passion for the sport and the spirit of unity epitomized by the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals.

African players Omar Assar of Egypt and Quadri Aruna of Nigeria both expressed their excitement to participate in the tournament, eager to impress the home fans.

Said Omar Assar, “Durban is a very welcoming place. I expect to perform well at the World Championships and improve along the way. With the spectators on our side in Africa, anything is possible!”

Echoing Assar’s sentiments is Quadri Aruna who said, “With the World Cups finally, here it is not only about South Africa, but the entire continent of Africa. It is about all the African players, fans and supporters. I am very happy and excited to be here and I am looking forward to the tournament.”

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