Romania Table Tennis Federation seeks to raise the bar for future events
2018 European Youth Championships
Romania Table Tennis Federation President and ETTU Vice President Cristinel ROMANESCU and 2018 European Youth Championships Director Beatrice ROMANESCU welcomed ETTU Competition Manager Dimosthenis MESSINIS and Secretary General Richard SCRUTON to Cluj-Napoca.
An inspection visit for the 2018 European Youth Championships was carried out at Polyvalent Hall and to adjacent hotels.
"Polyvalent Hall's main arena with 9000 seating capacity will have 24 competition tables, a separate training hall and all modern and extensive facilities for players, coaches, officials and media," explained Secretary General Richard Scruton.
During the inspection, final preparations were being made at Polyvalent Hall for the 2017 FIBA Eurobasket men's group C matches featuring the Romania national basketball team and the national teams of Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro and Spain.
Cluj-Napoca, located in the heart of Transylvania, is Romania's 2nd largest city, a renown academic and university city, staging an increasing number of artistic, cultural and major sporting events.
ETTU is eagerly looking forward to the European Youth Championships returning to Romania for the first time since 1959.
"We already started the preparations for 2018 Youth European Championships in Cluj Napoca with the official visit of the ETTU Secretary General Richard SCRUTON and Competition Manager Dimosthenis MESSINIS. As hosts, we are delighted with the conditions and the possibilities that the sports hall in Cluj offers and we are determined to raise the standard of the table tennis tournaments. It is a huge challenge for Romania Table Tennis Federation and a big responsibility, since we will host an event at such high level in Romania, after more than 50 years. There is a lot of work ahead, but we are ready to make all the efforts that 2018 Youth European Championships in Cluj become a landmark on the European competitions map," said 2018 European Youth Championships Director Beatrice ROMANESCU.