The World Table Tennis Championships will start on Sunday 8 May 2011 with the qualification matches in the five championship events:
- Men’s single;
- Women’s single;
- Men’s double;
- Women’s double;
- Mixed double;
The final matches will be spread out over Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May. The Opening Ceremony is planned for the evening of Saturday 7 May. The Opening Ceremony will include the draw for 32 seeded men and women in the singles events. This will be the first time that a World Championship draw has been made during the Opening Ceremony.
The matches will take place in two halls. The Indoor Arena will house four show courts where the televised matches will be played. The other matches will be played in hall 1 on 30 to 36 tables. From Friday 13 May all matches will be played in the Arena. The (general) match programme will be available at the end of 2010 and will be published here.
For a whole week Ahoy will be the centre of the world as far as table tennis is concerned. As well as plenty of top table tennis there will be an extensive side programme. In co-operation with the Netherlands Table Tennis Association, Rotterdam Topsport, Rotterdam Sportsupport and many other organizations, activities will be organized on a daily basis for many different target groups.
During the last weekend the first-ever Dutch Open Table Tennis Championship for the disabled will take place. About 250 players are expected to take part.
Apart from active table tennis there will also be a number of congresses, and a large-scale promotion village.
In short: an event with something for everyone. In the coming period we shall keep you up to date with the latest developments. Watch this space!