World Sport Design provided the trophies at December's ITTF World Tour Grand Finals ©Getty Images

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has signed a partnership deal with trophy company World Sport Design.

It means the Prague-based company will provide trophies for the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals and the ITTF Star Awards from 2016 to 2018.

The company had already provided the trophies for the 2015 Grand Finals, held in Portuguese capital Lisbon in December.

"The trophies at the 2015 Grand Finals were very well-designed, and I am certain that World Sport Design will continue to outdo themselves and produce prestigious trophies fitting the Star Awards and World Tour Grand Finals," said ITTF President Thomas Weikert.

"We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership."

According to World Sport Design, the company takes care of the entire trophy creation process, utilising a team of designers and glass manufacturers.

All of the production is handmade and created in limited numbers based on the requirements of the client, and each piece is original and has its own certification.

Ding Ning won the women's title at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals
Ding Ning won the women's title at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals ©Getty Images

"World Sport Design specialises in creation of luxury sports trophies, medals and design sets handmade from glass, precious metals and other materials," said the company's President Jiri Smidl.

"This is the start of a long-term cooperation with ITTF, other national Federations and sport event organisers.

"We anticipate the opportunity to deliver our design trophies to more events, with high quality awards to represent real and lasting value for the awarded."

The World Tour Grand Finals are the ITTF's season-ending event, with China's Ma Long, an Olympic gold medallist in the team event at London 2012, winning the men's title in Lisbon.

His compatriot and fellow team Olympic champion Ding Ning took the women's title, and she then teamed up with Zhu Yuling to win the women's doubles.

Japan's Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima won the men's doubles title.

The venue for this year's finals has yet to be announced, with competition due to take place between December 15 and 18.

The Star Awards, meanwhile, recognise the best performers from the table tennis world during a calendar year, and are held in December in the same location as the Grand Finals.