SINGAPORE - Olympic champions Chen Meng and Fan Zhendong, as well as Singapore's Feng Tianwei, will exhibit their world-class table tennis skills at the OCBC Arena when Singapore hosts the first World Table Tennis Cup Finals on Dec 4-7.

On Thursday (Nov 25), the WTT confirmed the US$600,000 (S$817,000) event will feature 16 of the world's top 20 players from each of the men's and women's singles categories, with equal prize money awarded.

With safe management measures in place, a maximum of 900 fans will be allowed to attend each session. All participants must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Singapore Government or undertake pre-event testing.

World No. 11 Feng, who has been based in Japan for more than a year and is currently in the United States to play in the World Table Tennis Championships, told The Straits Times she is looking forward to returning home.

The 35-year-old said: "It is great that such a big table tennis event could be held in Singapore and I can get a chance to play an international tournament at home.

"I do miss home and I can't wait to catch up with friends and eat my favourite local food like durian and bak kut teh (pork rib soup)."

Sales of the tickets priced from $38 to $258 will start from 3pm, Friday, through the OCBC Arena box office, Sistic authorised agents, www.sistic.com.sg/events/WTT1221 and phone hotline (+65 6348 5555).

After weeks of collaborating with Sport Singapore to make this event happen, WTT director Steve Dainton said: "The table tennis community and Singapore share a special bond and we are delighted that Singapore becomes the first-ever host of the WTT Cup Finals.

"We are looking forward to further strengthening our partnership with the Lion City and to continuing hosting world-class events there."

The last time top table tennis players appeared in Singapore was when the T2 Diamond Singapore event was held in 2019, with 1,900 fans turning up for the finals at Our Tampines Hub.

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