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WTT Grand Smashes level with ITTF worlds, Olympic Games on ranking points

2020-12-23 13:25:00 Xinhuanet

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Newly-founded World Table Tennis (WTT) Grand Smash events will sit atop table tennis's world rankings points system, after the ITTF Executive Committee approved a new rankings structure for the sport in 2021.

Winners of Grand Smashes will earn 2,000 points, making the events level with the ITTF World Championships and the Olympic Games at the top of the ranking points pyramid.

Up to four Grand Smashes are planned each year, meaning that players' performances at these events will be key in determining their world rankings.

"This is a momentous occasion for WTT and the sport, as the ratification of the new Table Tennis world rankings lays the foundation for these events to become the future of the sport for our elite athletes and entertain our fans for decades to come," said the WTT Council Chair Liu Guoliang.

WTT Director and ITTF CEO Steve Dainton said that as marquee events, Grand Smashes will unlock the potential of table tennis and help further grow the industry of the sport.

"It will have a tremendous impact on the overall development of table tennis worldwide, ultimately bringing benefit to all stakeholders, not just our players and fans, but to our member associations as well," he noted.

Grand Smashes will debut in 2021 with the inaugural two Grand Smash host cities to be announced shortly. Enditem

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