The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and World Table Tennis (WTT) are delighted to announce the appointment of Tamasu Co., Ltd., the manufacturer, and distributor of table tennis products under the Butterfly brand, as the Official Ball Partner for the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals from 2024 to 2026.
This significant partnership will showcase Butterfly’s renowned “Butterfly Three-Star Ball R40+” balls at the pinnacle of global table tennis events in Busan 2024, Doha 2025, and London 2026. Recognised for their exceptional quality and performance, Butterfly Three-Star Ball R40+ will undoubtedly elevate the standard of play, providing players with the tools they need to compete at the highest level.
The ITTF and Butterfly share a longstanding and committed partnership in the sport. Butterfly’s dedication to excellence aligns seamlessly with the ITTF’s mission to showcase the highest standards of table tennis on the global stage. This collaboration builds on Butterfly’s proven track record as the Official Ball Partner for the ITTF World Championships Finals 2021 and table provider for the ITTF World Para Championships 2022, underscoring their continued commitment to the growth and success of table tennis worldwide.
ITTF Group Chief Executive Officer Steve Dainton expressed enthusiasm about the extended partnership, stating, “Butterfly has established itself as a steadfast partner in the realm of table tennis, and we are delighted to continue our collaboration with them for the upcoming three World Championships Finals. Under the management of World Table Tennis, this partnership is poised to elevate the stature of table tennis. It will also undoubtedly enhance Butterfly’s comprehensive brand strategy, showcasing their unwavering support for athletes and teams through prominent on-site branding, extensive broadcast representation, and dedicated social media activation.”
The world of table tennis is abuzz with anticipation as the countdown begins to the much-awaited ITTF World Team Championships Finals Busan 2024 Presented by BNK Busan Bank, marking Korea Republic’s first-ever hosting of the prestigious event.
In 2025, Doha, the capital of Qatar, will reinforce its reputation as one of the most established cities in global table tennis hosting when it welcomes the 59th ITTF World Championships Finals.
In 2026, the ITTF World Team Championships Finals returns to the very place where it was first hosted, London, completing a century-long journey of the sport’s growth. It promises to be an extraordinary occasion, celebrating 100 years of table tennis.
The ITTF is confident that Butterfly’s expertise and high-quality products will significantly contribute to these events, providing a world-class experience for players and fans alike.
Takako Osawa President and Managing Director of Tamasu Co., Ltd. commented, “We are honoured to announce that the Butterfly Three Star Ball R40+ will be the official ball for the World Table Tennis Championships to be held from 2024 to 2026. In recent years, the World Table Tennis Championships have undergone significant changes to provide an opportunity to see top-notch play in different countries and regions of the world. We are very happy to support the success of the championships and the excellent play of the top athletes through the official ball and share the fascination of table tennis with fans in various countries and regions around the world”.