The 2023 World Veterans Championships, held from Sunday, January 15 to Saturday, January 21, saw 1,600 competitors from around the world come together to compete and enjoy the sport they love. The contestants were thrilled to be back on the field after such a long break and the level of play was high.
Participants welcomed the addition of the Mixed Doubles category as it gave them more opportunities to play, and allowed them to collaborate with different partners and gain new insights from each other. The camaraderie and sportsmanship on display throughout the week was truly heartwarming and a reminder that the event is not just about the competition, but also about the connections and friendships that have been formed between the players.
The participants were treated to quality facilities at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center throughout the week, and on their day off from the event, they were able to experience the rich culture and history of the Sultanate of Oman, adding to the feeling of players and fans alike. unforgettable experience.
“I extend my sincere thanks to the Oman Table Tennis Federation and the Organizing Committee for their hard work and dedication to bring this event to a successful conclusion. The enormous potential for this event is evident in the participation and enthusiasm of the athletes, and I look forward to seeing this potential continue to grow in the years to come.” – Petra Sorling
To expand its presence in this event category, the ITTF is changing the World Veterans Championships to the World Masters Championships. This change aims to promote table tennis as a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, as well as a means of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying active at any age. This rebranding is an integral part of the ITTF’s wider strategy to make table tennis more accessible and attractive to people of all ages.
With the Muscat event wrapped up, the focus shifts to Rome 2024. The organizers have announced that the event will take place at the Rome Exhibition Center in July. Registrations will be opened soon. Those who are looking forward to the event can register their interest here.
“We are very excited to be the next host of these championships. We learned a lot in Muscat and look forward to putting on a fantastic event for the players. Our aim is to strengthen the sport in the country while showcasing the beauty of the city and we aim to break all records and give everyone an event that will remain in their memory for a long time.” – Renato Di Napoli , President of the Italian Table Tennis Federation
With more players and more planned activities, Rome 2024 promises to be even bigger and better. With the success of the tournament in Oman, the future of the Masters sport looks bright.