SINGAPORE – The world’s first Home of Table Tennis (HoTT) could be located in Singapore, which has been described by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) as a “shining example of what is possible” as it inked a memorandum of understanding with Sport Singapore (SportSG) on Sunday.
The signing ceremony, which was attended by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong and the ITTF’s top brass, took place before the men’s and women’s singles finals of the second edition of the Singapore Smash at the OCBC Arena.
The MOU allows both sides to kickstart discussions on setting up the HoTT.
Envisioned as an international centre of excellence, a HoTT in Singapore would focus its efforts in raising the profile of table tennis within the Singapore community and create avenues for athletes and coaches to strengthen capabilities through ITTF’s knowledge and networks.
Riding on Singapore’s technological capabilities and talent, it can also be a testbed for innovative creations and digital solutions for table tennis and contribute to the uplifting of the sport world-wide via programmes to further grow community participation and spectatorship.
ITTF president Petra Sorling said: “This project is a significant milestone for table tennis and a clear signal of our commitment to the sport’s continued growth and development around the world.
“As we strive to bring table tennis to new corners of the globe and inspire the next generation of players and fans, Singapore serves as a shining example of what is possible.
“By partnering with SportSG to consider establishing a hub in Singapore, we are laying the foundation for a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable future for our sport. We are excited to continue working closely with SportSG to bring this vision to life and create more ...