The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Portuguese Table Tennis Association (Federação Portuguesa De Ténis De Mesa – FPTM) confirmed that the 2020 ITTF World Junior Championships will not be taking place, in order to best protect athletes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Portugal were set to stage this year’s ITTF World Junior Championships between 29 November – 6 December 2020 in Guimarães. The decision was taken in the meetings held between FPTM and the ITTF Competition Department.
Portugal is likely to host the newly branded ITTF World Youth Championships, which is being proposed for launch in 2021. The introduction of the new format is pending approval from the Board of Directors (BoD), who will receive the proposition from the EC on 19 November 2020.
It is also proposed that Tunisia is likely to host the 2022 ITTF World Youth Championships which had originally been the designated host country for the 2021 edition.