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Germany will not host the 2015 European Championships


The decision was taken during the World Team Championships in Tokyo: Germany will not host the European Championships next year. Despite intensive efforts, the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB) was not able to find a location that meets the capacity

The decision was taken during the World Team Championships in Tokyo: Germany will not host the European Championships next year. Despite intensive efforts, the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB) was not able to find a location that meets the capacity requirements of a complete EC at the scheduled period in autumn plus the relevant financial support. In 2015 there should be held team and individual competitions.

“There are not many halls that are suitable for the dimensions of such a large event,” said the DTTB President, Thomas WEIKERT. In addition, the capability of provincial and municipal governments to support such large-scale events in sports decreased. “As a responsible board our Executive Committee could not take any financial risks for the DTTB,” WEIKERT added. “We are all very disappointed that we did not succeed in presenting the European Championships in Germany”. Germany’s focus is now on finding a venue to host the 2017 World Individual Championships.

“The cancellation of the DTTB is very unfortunate”, comments ETTU President Ronald KRAMER. “We can understand the situation in Germany and thank the DTTB for very intense efforts. If it is not possible to have European Championships even in an economically strong country in table tennis like Germany, this is for me a clear wake-up call for us to find a sustainable format for European Championships”. The ETTU will now re-open the application process to host the 2015 European Championship as soon as possible.

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