SINGAPORE, 28 August 2019 – T2 has announced the postponement of T2 Diamond 2019 China after its discussions with the local organising committee came to a halt. With little over four weeks remaining to the event, T2 has decided to reduce 2019’s three-event series to two events, and will announce details for the rescheduling of T2 Diamond 2019 China.
Mr Jeff Chue, CEO & Commissioner of T2 shared,
Over the past few months, T2 and our partners have been hard at work to put up a fantastic tournament experience in Haikou, China for both players and audience. Having opened the series with an impressive and exciting tournament at Seamaster T2 Diamond 2019 Malaysia in July 2019, we had looked forward to showcasing our dynamic and innovative format at T2 Diamond 2019 China. However, holding an event in China requires numerous permits from various authorities, and we have sadly not been able to reach the final agreement on the terms and conditions of hosting the event.
T2 Diamond Table Tennis League is organised in collaboration with the ITTF. As a core tenet of ITTF innovation lab, T2 Diamond functions as a testing bed for new rules and formats of table tennis, assess their impact on the game and to prime them for wider usage within the ITTF circuit.
The opening event of the T2 Diamond 2019 season at Seamaster T2 Diamond 2019 Malaysia saw four days of scintillating play in Johor Bahru, where Chinese Taipei teenager Lin Yun-Ju and China’s Zhu Yuling were crowned as champions. Audiences, officials and players alike have shared positive feedback for the fast-paced and exciting gameplay. Collectively, the 32 participating players were awarded 16,600 in bonus ITTF World Ranking points – a significant boost as they battle their way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification – and USD500,000 in prize money.
The next leg and finale of this year’s T2 Diamond 2019 season will be taking place in Singapore at Our Tampines Hub from 21 to 24 November 2019. Tickets will go on sale in September 2019.
About T2 Diamond Table Tennis League (T2 Diamond):
T2 Diamond Table Tennis League is the most prestigious series of annual professional events organised in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation. T2 Diamond 2019 will feature 32 of the world’s best men’s and women’s players competing across three tournaments for a combined prize purse of USD 1.5 million, and bonus ITTF World Ranking points as they battle their way to 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification. The revolutionary league employs a unique competition format and various other innovations that catapult table tennis into a truly entertaining spectator sport, whilst providing players with the ultimate environment in which to compete and excel.
Headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Chicago, T2 Diamond is committed to unlocking the true commercial potential of table tennis by expanding its appeal through its high quality, immersive content and venue experience.
Find out more about T2 Diamond at www.t2diamond.com
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