MACAO, April 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — WTT Champions Macao 2023 presented by Galaxy Entertainment Group, organized by the Sports Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, World Table Tennis (WTT) and Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG), and co-organized by the Macau Table Tennis General Association, was successfully concluded on April 23 at Macao Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion. The exciting matches were well received by Macau’s residents and tourists, who witnessed the triumphant wins of China’s Wang Chuqin and Wang Manyu in the men’s and women’s singles tournaments. At the awards presentation ceremony, the two champions were awarded by distinguished guests including Mr. Cheong Weng Chon, Acting Chief Executive of the Macao SAR; Ms. Petra Sörling, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) President; Mr. Liu Guoliang, ITTF Deputy President, WTT Board Chair and Chinese Table Tennis Association President; Ms. Yan Zhichan, Deputy Director of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Sun Xiangyang, Deputy Commissioner of the Commissioner’s Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR; Ms. Ao Ieong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR; Mr. Steve Dainton, ITTF Group Chief Executive Officer, WTT Board Director; Mr. Philip Cheng, Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group; Mr. Li Ning, Founder of the LI-NING brand, Group’s Executive Chairman; and Mr. Hao Linian, Ganten Group Vice General Manager.
Held from April 17 to 23, the WTT Champions Macao 2023 featured 64 of the world’s top male and female singles’ players, including Wang Chuqin, Wang Manyu, Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, Liang Jingkun, Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng and Wang Yidi from China; Tomokazu Harimoto, Yukiya Uda, Mima Ito, Hina Hayata and Kasumi Ishikawa from Japan; Truls Möregårdh from Sweden; Hugo Calderano from Brazil; Dang Qiu and Dimitrij Ovtcharov from Germany; and Doo Hoi Kem and Wong Chun Ting from Hong Kong, China. This year’s event was expanded from five days to seven days in hopes of offering table tennis fans from around the world with more time to visit Macau and witness the excitement.
In celebration of the World Table Tennis Day, on April 23, which was also the final day of the WTT Champions Macao 2023, GEG joined the Sports Bureau of the Macau SAR Government, WTT, and Macau Table Tennis General Association on co-hosting a promotional activity at Ruins of St. Paul’s, one of Macau’s most famous World Heritage Sites. Featuring the interactive and joyous play matches between the distinguished guests and members from the Macao Youth Table Tennis Academy, Macau Special Olympics ("MSO"), GEG Volunteers Team, and the world-class table tennis athletes including Fan Zhendong, Liang Jingkun, Lin Shidong, Alexis Lebrun, Félix Lebrun, Sun Yingsha, Wang Yidi, Chen Xingtong, Qian Tianyi, and Zhu Sibing, the event attracted a large number of tourists, table tennis fans and onlookers. Through this initiative, GEG hoped to promote sports for all, showcase the multi-faceted charm of Macau’s World Heritage sites, advocate social inclusion and support Macau in becoming a healthy and harmonious community.
Since its debut in 2020, the WTT tournaments have created a table tennis craze among Macau residents and tourists whilst injecting vitality into Macau’s sports industry. With GEG being the event’s presenting partner for three consecutive times, this year, GEG joined the Sports Bureau of the Macau SAR Government and WTT as co-organizers of the "WTT Champions Macao 2023" and presented a series of exciting matches, along with a variety of promotional activities, to encourage table tennis lovers to participate in this international sports event and enrich their sports tourism experience.
Moving forward, GEG will continue to actively promote sports and its related exchanges in the community, develop local sports, promote the development of "tourism + sports", and help Macau establish itself as a multi-sports host city and "World Center of Tourism and Leisure."
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Galaxy Entertainment Group ("GEG" or the "Group") is one of the world’s leading resorts, hospitality and gaming companies. It primarily develops and operates a large portfolio of integrated resort, retail, dining, hotel and gaming facilities in Macau. The Group is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index.
GEG was one of the three original concessionaires in Macau when the gaming industry was liberalized in 2002. In 2022, GEG was awarded a new gaming concession valid from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2032. GEG has a successful track record of delivering innovative, spectacular and award-winning properties, products and services, underpinned by a "World Class, Asian Heart" service philosophy, that has enabled it to consistently outperform the market in Macau.
GEG operates three flagship destinations in Macau: on Cotai, Galaxy Macau™, one of the world’s largest integrated destination resorts, and the adjoining Broadway Macau™, a unique landmark entertainment and food street destination; and on the Peninsula, StarWorld Macau, an award winning premium property.
The Group has the largest undeveloped landbank of any concessionaire in Macau. When The Next Chapter of its Cotai development is completed, GEG’s resorts footprint on Cotai will double to more than 2 million square meters, making the resorts, entertainment and MICE precinct one of the largest and most diverse integrated destinations in the world. GEG is also progressing plans for its Hengqin project and we are also expanding our focus beyond Hengqin and Macau to potentially include opportunities within the rapidly expanding Greater Bay Area. These projects will help GEG develop and support Macau in its vision of becoming a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.
In July 2015, GEG made a strategic investment in Société Anonyme des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Étrangers à Monaco ("Monte-Carlo SBM"), a world renowned owner and operator of iconic luxury hotels and resorts in the Principality of Monaco. GEG continues to explore a range of international development opportunities with Monte-Carlo SBM.
GEG is committed to delivering world class unique experiences to its guests and building a sustainable future for the communities in which it operates. For more information about the Group, please visit www.galaxyentertainment.com
The champions were awarded by distinguished guests including Mr. Cheong Weng Chon, Acting Chief Executive of the Macau SAR; Mr. Liu Guo Liang, International Table Tennis Federation Deputy President, WTT Board Chair and Chinese Table Tennis Association President; and Mr. Philip Cheng, Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group.
A promotional event was held at the Ruins of St. Paul’s to celebrate the World Table Tennis Day and advocate social inclusion in support of Macau in building a healthy and harmonious community.