25 Jul 2022
Muscat, the capital of Oman, is the home for the 2023 World Veteran Championships, the tournament being staged from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st January.
It is a landmark event, the 20th edition, the first ever in the Gulf Region of the world; the Swedish city of Gothenburg hosting the first in 1982, the most recent being in 2018 in Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, the pandemic necessitated the 2020 staging, planned for Bordeaux, to be cancelled.
Muscat is very different to Las Vegas with its glitz and glitter but make no mistake has plenty to offer; in fact, for those of rather more mature years, the quiet lifestyle is one to be welcomed.
Above all else, it is one of the safest destinations in the world; in this part of the world a woman can walk down the street at midnight with the utmost confidence.
Visit Oman and you will be wide-eyed; the country is the “hidden jewel”; breathtaking natural beauty, rich in culture, iconic buildings and scenic villages with marinas that provide stunning views as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea.
Meanwhile, for those of a more adventurous name when not called to duty in the playing hall, it is one of world’s renowned centres for scuba diving and if you are even braver, you can mount a camel!
Just be careful when the ship of the desert stands up, it has a unique technique!
Equally in January the climate in Oman is most welcoming, a low being 17 degrees Celsius, a high 25 degrees; now compare that fact with Europe, the continent that over the years has provided the majority entry.
There is no scraping the ice off the car windscreen when you wake up in the morning!
A developing country, state-of-the-art hotels, a nation growing in the table tennis world, having in recent years hosted successfully international tournaments; a warm welcome, generous hospitality and courtesy of the highest standards await.