World Table Tennis Day is now just a month away! Have you thought of where you will be playing the sport at and whom you will be playing with?
What is World Table Tennis Day?
From 2023 onwards, World Table Tennis Day will happen on 23 April every year. It aims to be a celebration of table tennis – promoting the benefits of the sport, bringing together fans and non-fans alike, and giving everyone an opportunity to play.
At the same time, it also represents universality and social inclusiveness, illustrating the joy of playing table tennis for fun, with more emphasis on participation and enjoyment than competition.
This year’s theme is “Think Sustainably, Act Now”, leading to an additional focus on raising awareness for several sustainable development goals.
Where can you find an event/activity to participate in on the actual day?
Keep a look out for activation campaigns around your country, and check in with your local table tennis clubs for the latest updates on upcoming activities you can participate in. Do also check out our foundation website for more details!
What are the benefits of playing table tennis?
Table tennis is more than just a game – it is also a tool for social development, physical fitness, and mental well-being. By playing table tennis, people of all ages and backgrounds can improve their hand-eye coordination, concentration, and collaboration skills, while also having fun and building friendships. As a low impact sport, not only does it have minimal risk of injury, but it has also been scientifically proven to enhance cognitive functions – which is particularly useful for people with motor disorders.
Can I organise an event on World Table Tennis Day?
We encourage everyone to participate in World Table Tennis Day either by organising events, sharing photos and videos on social media, or just spreading the word about the sport. We aim for it to be an all-inclusive event which can be enjoyed by everyone.
The ITTF has also reached out to all its 227 member associations to participate in the event through activation campaigns and activities, which presents the perfect opportunity for nations to leverage on World Table Tennis Day to showcase their table tennis related events to the world. To help support these efforts, the ITTF has prepared materials and resources which can be used for promotion activities to be shared with your community.
With just one month to go, we hope that you will join us in celebrating World Table Tennis Day, showing the world the power of table tennis and its ability to bring people together from all walks of life.
Stay tuned for more updates and information on how to get involved and let us make World Table Tennis Day 2023 the best one yet!