Champions return, the competition as strong as neverCsilla BÁTORFI Photo: Richard Kalocsai
European Veterans Championships
Outstanding performances on the 13th Veteran Table Tennis Championships 2019, there are so much players in very good shapes.
Eric DURAND (fra), the veteran champion at 40 years category recorded victories both in Men’s Singles, and partnering Hervé DURAND (FRA) in Men’s Doubles respectivly. Similarly, Csilla BÁTORFI the Women’s Singles was excelled, she accounted for German Ute BRANDES (11-4, 11-1, 11-4). BÁTORFI is to be in round of 64, however Panagiotis STERGIOPOULOS (GRE) was beaten, thus he could not continue the championships.
Everyone’s favorite the famous Betty BIRD (ENG) and her partner Marianne BLASBERG (GER), at the category of 85 over, accounted for 4 matches, and they are the tops names in their group.
Meanwhile, in the first rounds of the Men’s Singles event Anders KARLSSON added to Swedish success by beating the Czech Petr CHMEL (11-5, 11-6, 11-4), the German Dietmar SCHLOTTNER in straight games (11-7, 11-5, 11-8) and win by walk over against the German Torsten WINTER.
On Wednesday the participants could participate some different interesting trips including a Danube bend tour and Balaton tour. During the whole day programmes, the participants had the opportunities to visit the famous monuments all around the country.
The organizers provided the opportunity to meet with the Golden team member during the social event on Wednesday evening. Good feeling, pleasant atmosphere and cheerfulness! With these words, we could explain the social event, where the participants could meet, talk, and have a good time together.
And for those in the know, Hungary has some of the best, tastiest foods in the world. Spicy, rich and an extravaganza of different flavours, Hungary’s cuisine is a delicious and surprising discovery for many travellers to the country. Developed over thousands of years of Magyar history, traditional dishes continue to be part of a proud and abundant cultural heritage. They celebrated the competition with people with passion for table tennis while they were enjoying the Hungarian traditions.
Pia TOELHØJ, Petra SÖRLING