2018 European Championships in Alicante offers a new innovative concept
The European Table Tennis Union is pleased to announce the 2018 European Championships (individual events) have been awarded to the Real Federación Espanola de Tenis de Mesa to be held in the city of Alicante, Spain from 18th to 23rd September 2018.
ETTU President Ronald Kramer is delighted with the choice for Alicante for hosting the 2018 European Championships.
“Not only because of the city and its facilities, but more so because of the Table Tennis Festival concept that the Spanish Table Tennis Association and the city are working on. I sincerely congratulate our Spanish Association with their proposal to look for new ways to enhance the attractiveness of our sport. This innovative concept combines our wish to see the best players from Europe participating in our individual championships, supported by table tennis fans, who can play their own 'holiday' matches and visit the European Championships matches as spectators. The tourist city of Alicante - with its experience in hosting the World Veterans Championships in 2016 - in cooperation with the Spanish Table Tennis Association should be more than capable to meet the challenges of this new concept,” said ETTU President KRAMER.
Real Federación Espanola de Tenis de Mesa President Miguel Angel MACHADO is looking forward another big event in Spain.
“I am very pleased with the awarding of the 2018 European Table Tennis Championshps to the Spanish Table Tennis Federation and to the city of Alicante. Alicante organised the World Veterans Championships in 2016 and we are delighted to have another big table tennis experience in this beatiful city”
The hosts are preparing completely new concept for the 2018 edition of the Championships.
“I am very happy to contribute to this project. The 2018 European Table Tennis Championships in Alicante will be a new challenge for the Spanish Table Tennis Federation as it was the World Veterans Championships held in this city in 2016. For next year, we would like also to start with a new concept, with the organisation of the European Table Tennis Championships as the main sports event of a big EURO TABLE TENNIS FESTIVAL, with sports, education, entertainement and solidarity as a much wider frame of this table tennis event; we would like to have a full table tennis atmosphere during the week of the European Table Tennis Championships,” said Jordi SERRA, CEO of the 2016 World Veteran Championships or the former ITTF Executive Director for the period 2000 to 2012.