Ultimate Table Tennis Postponed
The fourth edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), scheduled in India from August 14 to August 31, has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since sporting events have not yet started in the country and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is still unsure about the resumption of the professional tour, the postponement was inevitable.
UTT, which started in 2017, would take place after the Tokyo Olympics, which have now been moved to next year due to the pandemic.
“You need permits from the state and central government, check the availability of the players, and discussions should take place with the ITTF. I don’t see any of that happening in the near future. ” Former UTT player and promoter, 11sports director Kamlesh Mehta told PTI.
“We would like it to happen at the end of this year, but we will have to talk to the ITTF for the new dates, as we always decide our calendar based on the calendar of the world body. But at the moment none are clear, including the ITTF. We can only wait and watch. “
Ultimate Table Tennis indefinitely postponed, the league won’t happen this year. UTT got an official window on the ITTF calendar for the first two years, but with the professional season getting busier, it didn’t get one last year.
Although Chinese players have steered clear of participating in the UTT, the event has attracted top players from Germany, Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, and Portugal.
The league has also provided much-needed exposure to India’s budding talent, in addition to quality competition for the country’s best players, including Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, and Manika Batra.