The opening ceremony took place in the beautiful Halmstad Arena on Sunday afternoon. The ITTF president Thomas Weikert, Petra Sörling Chairman of the Swedish Table Tennis Association accompanied by former world champion and local host Jörgen Persson spoke all about the huge challenges hosting an event like the world championships and the importance of sponsors and volunteers. Students from the Halmstad culture school performed the Abba song “Mamma Mia” and finished it all up with the Swedish national anthem.