Doha has been selected as host of the 2025 World Table Tennis Championships ©ITTF

Qatari capital Doha has been selected as the host for the 2025 World Table Tennis Championships following a vote at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Summit in Amman.

Doha beat Spain's Alicante 57-39 in a vote of member associations at the ITTF's Annual General Meeting which occupied the final day of the inaugural ITTF Summit in the Jordanian capital.

Doha previously held World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender and Star Contender events in March last year.

An ITTF Summit is planned again in 2023 and officials are happy with how it went.

"I want to thank our Jordanian Hosts for such an amazing Summit, there is so much to take away from our discussions and I cannot wait to implement many of the ideas discussed," said President Petra Sörling.

"I cannot wait for this event to return in 2023; we will finetune our programme to have even more interactions with our member associations."

Once again the organisation's AGM will take place as part of the event after it was decided that it should be moved away from the World Championships in Durban.

The ITTF Summit reached its conclusion today in Amman and is set to take place again in 2023 ©ITTF
The ITTF Summit reached its conclusion today in Amman and is set to take place again in 2023 ©ITTF

The decision was made in the hope that organisers and member associations will be able to concentrate on athletes and the competition in South Africa and later give full focus to matters discussed at the AGM.

Also during the Summit, the ITTF Foundation announced the creation of the inaugural TT4Health Festival.

It will incorporate the World Alzheimer's Championships along with other events that promote healthy lifestyles.

The 2023 event is set to take place on the Greek island of Crete in November, although exact dates are yet to be announced.

"The TT4Health Festival will showcase the benefits table tennis has on these communities and showcase how scientific research shows regular table tennis practice improves all players' social, mental, and physical well-being," read an ITTF statement.

"Specifically, the sport has beneficial effects on people affected by cognitive disorders, including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's, with the appropriate levels of physical and mental demands to help cope with the degenerative effects of their condition."

The ITTF has reported record revenues for 2022, with a 50 per cent increase from the last pre-pandemic year of 2019.

The ITTF Summit was seen as key to bringing together the table tennis community after COVID-19, hosting discussions and network opportunities that are hoped to prove invaluable to guiding the ITTF in the future.

"I feel this is the best moment that we’ve ever had for our sport, I think we are right on the cusp of doing great things, catching up with some of the other major sports around the world," said ITTF Group chief executive Steve Dainton.

The event featured six panels and keynote speakers discussed topics including sustainability, how to grow table tennis and how to support athletes.