The Parkinson World Table Tennis Championship is to return in October in Pula ©ITTF

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has continued working with PingPongParkinson, meaning the non-profit organisation will collaborate for the 2022 Parkinson World Table Tennis Championship in Pula.

This competition is open to all athletes with Parkinson's disease, a brain disorder that affects the nervous system that makes the individual shake and suffer from stiffness which usually gets worse with age.

The Croatian city is to hold the Championship from October 12 to 16.

ITTF President Petra Sörling expressed her delight for the extension of their partnership.

"We are pleased to continue our work with PingPongParkinson," said Sörling. 

"Table tennis is one of the sports that most stimulates the cognitive system, and regular practice has beneficial effects on people affected by cognitive disorders, including Parkinson's disease. 

"As an organisation, we strive to promote table tennis benefits to a broad audience. 

"The Parkinson World Table Tennis Championship - presented by PingPongParkinson and the ITTF - will support those living with this illness and raise awareness among millions."

PingPongParkinson was created by Nenad Bach, who was diagnosed with the disease and noticed table tennis improved his motor functions and mood.

"It is a very happy day at New York’s PingPongParkinson headquarters, and soon all over the world including 22 countries that are already part of our global movement," said Bach. 

"With table tennis, we didn't conquer Parkinson's, but we conquered the fear of Parkinson's. 

"For me personally, and for all of us at PingPongParkinson, this reaffirmation of collaboration means that we will be able to continue the help and education of millions of people with Parkinson's and their caregivers worldwide. 

"Despite the pandemic and the fact that the whole world is tilted these days, we find humanity in all of us, maybe not exposed enough, but certainly present in our lives."

Both parties first met in 2018 in Halmstad, which led to the idea of the Parkinson World Table Tennis Championship, first held in 2019 in Westchester in the United States.

Berlin held the second edition in 2021.