ETTU's Executive Board meets in BratislavaPhoto: Henk HOMMES
The two main items regard new Regulations for the Individual Championships and for the Team Championships and its way to qualify
At the beginning of the 58th European Youth Table Tennis Championships in Bratislava, the Executive Board (EB) had its meeting to deal mainly with preparing ETTU's Congress in Ekaterinburg on September 30th. At the outset of the meeting there was a warm word of welcome from the President or the Slovak Table Tennis Association, Dr. Zdenko KRIZ, who reminded the EB members that this was the 10th time in the history of ETTU, that the Executive Board holds its meeting in Slovakia.
The EB adopted the Directives for the Champions League men and women. They will be published on the ETTU website soon. At the ETTU Congress in Ekaterinburg, a number of very important propositions from the EB will be tabled. The two main items regard new Regulations for the Individual Championships (from 2016 onwards) and for the Team Championships (2017 onwards) and its way to qualify. Regarding this last item, the EB has of course taken the outcome of the questionnaire which was held after the Suzhou Congress, into serious consideration. Regarding the question of one or two home and away matches, the EB noted the close results of the questionnaire.
In the light of the overall development and promotion of our sport as a team sport in Europe, the EB decided to propose to the Ekaterinburg Congress a qualification route including two home and two away matches for each participating association being decisive for which division a team will be placed in, at the European Championships, i.e. in the Championship, Challenge or Standard Division. If the Congress agrees, the qualification will start from the beginning of 2016. The details of the Regulations will be sent to all ETTU associations in August.
In the evening after the EB meeting there was a dinner celebrating the 90th Anniversary of organised table tennis in Slovakia, at which inter alia Dr. KRIZ, ETTU President Ronald KRAMER and ITTF President Thomas WEIKERT spoke enthusiastically about the history and future of table tennis in Slovakia, congratulating everybody involved also in the ongoing EYC 2015.