The 2017 ITTF European Championships qualification process concluded
With the ultimate play off matches yesterday, the Qualification process of the 2017 ITTF European Championships has been concluded. The process that started in September 2016 came to the conclusion after two phases of competition.
In Men’s Teams Event in Luxembourg from 13th to 17th September in Championships Division will play Austria, Germany, France, Croatia, Sweden, Portigal, Greece, Slovenia, Spain and Romania. They secured their places by topping their respective groups in first phase of the qualifications. Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Belarus joined them after play off matches. Last on the list is Luxembourg as host nation.
In Women’s Teams Event will play Germany, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal, France and Hungary - the winners of the group stage. Spain, Netherlands, Belarus, Sweden, and Croatia won their respective play off duels, whilst Luxembourg will be among them as a host.
For the Challenge Division the qualified teams are: Hungary, Denmark, Serbia, Swityerland, Italy, Finland, Israel, Estonia, Lithuania, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Turkey as they failed to retain their status in top Division, whilst Ireland qulified from Challenge Division.
In Women’s Event will play Slovenia, England, Greece, Bulgaria, Finland, Switzerland, Wales, Kosovo, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Italy, belgium. Denmark joined as a winner of Challenege Division.
All other teams will play the Standard Division.
“I take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to everybody who helped and contributed to ensure smooth running of the Qualifiers. Special thanks have to be addressed to the umpires who officiated during the matches without real honorarium. Congratulation to all qualified Associations and best wishes for the European Championships to all teams,“ stated Zita PIDL, ETTU Project Co-ordinator.