Twenty 4 of the world’s best ping pong gamers are heading to Coventry this month for a model new occasion.
The Ricoh Area is internet hosting the $102,000 World Ping Pong Masters on the weekend of January 23 and 24.
The behind-closed-doors occasion is being dwell screened on Sky Sports activities Combine and can see four-time World Champion Andrew Baggaley lead the sector, with the likes of Maxim Shmyrev Gavin Rumgay and Alexander Flemming, additionally confirmed for the line-up.
Members should apply to a strict Covid-19 bubble in keeping with UK Authorities steering.
Gamers will journey to the UK and compete beneath Elite Sports activities Particular person Exemptions and might be met on arrival to the UK and pushed on to the Ricoh Arena for Covid-19 testing.
All gamers may even be examined earlier than travelling to the UK and can solely be allowed to board their flights after receiving a destructive check consequence.
The occasion has been launched by Matchroom Multi Sport who additionally introduced the 2020 partypoker Mosconi Cup to the Ricoh Area in December which noticed Europe defeat United States 11-Three within the annual nine-ball pool event.
The Ricoh Area additionally hosted the BoyleSports World Grand Prix darts event in October 2020 at brief discover after the unique venue in Dublin was not appropriate as a result of Covid-19 issues.
Emily Frazer, Managing Director of Matchroom Multi Sport, stated: “We’re thrilled to have launched the World Ping Pong Masters. Since our success with the World Championship and the vary of viewership Ping Pong attracts in, it appears a disgrace to solely promote simply the one occasion a yr. Regardless of the present local weather, Elite Sport is ready to proceed right here within the UK and that is subsequently a good time to launch the Masters; 24 of the world’s best gamers, extra prize cash out there, longer matches and a one-table arrange – triple the publicity.
“With the occasion behind-closed-doors and subsequently no dwell spectators now we have labored arduous with our companions at Sky Sports activities to make sure this can be a prestigious and dramatic set-up not like every other ping pong or table tennis occasion.
“Specializing in worldwide broadcasters, the occasion might be proven in each territory on this planet making this the last word stage for publicity. Desk tennis is a world recognized sport however switching to a hardbat permits for a special technique of the sport, slower pictures and doubtlessly longer rallies affording higher viewership to an off-the-cuff sports activities fan in addition to pleasure for the youthful technology to look upon.
“We have now obtained quite a lot of curiosity from table tennis gamers who could not have made the swap to a hardbat earlier than however now with an extra Ping Pong occasion added to the Multi Sport secure; Matchroom Ping Pong will solely develop and transfer in a brand new path.”
Whereas folks is not going to be allowed into the Ricoh Area to look at the occasion, the 2021 World Ping Pong Masters might be broadcast dwell on Sky Sports activities Combine, DAZN, Matchroom.Reside and networks around the globe.
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