A ping pong show is coming to Bangkok

PHOTO: The World Table Tennis Star Contender 2023 will be in Bangkok next month. (via Panichar Junkana)

If you’ve wandered some of the seedier streets of Bangkok, you’re probably well aware of the ping pong shows on offer. But finally, Bangkok is set to see a proper ping pong show that’s entertaining and suitable for the whole family! The World Table Tennis (WTT) Star Contender 2023 series tournament is set to take place in Bangkok from April 23 to 29.

This is the first time the international event is being held in Bangkok, and more than 300 professional table tennis players from 30 countries are expected to participate. Consisting of six events held throughout the year, the WTT Star Contender is the fourth-largest tournament within the WTT Series.

The tournament is specifically aimed at discovering the top 48 male and 48 female players, who will then proceed to participate in the WTT Contender, WTT Champion, and WTT Cup Finals.

The Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bang Kapi district will be the venue for the men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles trophies. A total of US$250,000 (8.25 million baht) in prizes will be up for grabs, along with 600 world ranking points for the winner.

At a press conference on Friday, Bangkok Deputy Governor Sanon Wangsrangboon expressed his excitement about hosting the tournament.

“Hosting this event will not only give the city experience in organising sports events but will also promote tourism, as well as food and transport businesses. We believe our infrastructure can accommodate athletes and sports enthusiasts from across the world. Also, local table tennis fans will get a chance to enjoy a memorable event in the city. We believe this international event will further improve table tennis in Thailand.”

The deputy governor also commented that hosting such a prestigious event in the ping pong world could be inspirational for young Thai athletes and encourage them to push themselves to achieve the skills to compete at a global level.

The event will receive collaborating support from the Table Tennis Association of Thailand as well. Organisers hope the tournament will be a huge success, and will put Thailand on the map to draw in ping pong fans and players from all over the world.

Finally, a ping pong show Thailand can be proud of!

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.