European Championships | 18 Jun 2020
Table Tennis Joins European Championships Munich 2022 Sports Programme
Table Tennis has been added to the now-finalized sports programme of nine sports for the multi-sport 2022 European Championships in Munich. The respective European Championships in Table Tennis plus Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint and Sport Climbing have joined those in Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon for the event that will take place Thursday 11th to Sunday 21st August 2022.
The Munich 2022 European Championships Table Tennis are set to feature around 240 male and female athletes competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in five medal events. Across the nine sports, 4,400 athletes from 50 countries are set to compete in a total of 158 medal events.
Ronald KRAMER, President of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU), said, “From the first time we heard of the initiative and later, during and after the first European Championships in Glasgow and Berlin in 2018, we were captured by the philosophy and objectives of this undertaking. It perfectly matches ETTU’s ambition to put more focus and attention on our sport in Europe, the historic birthplace and most active continent in the table tennis world. Being part of the EC2022 gives table tennis a great platform to organise our European Championships in a multi-sports event, leading to better opportunities for promoting our sport in Europe. We are not just very excited about our participation, but also honoured to be part of this select group of sports, holding their 2022 European Championships in Munich, in a country with a great record in table tennis, in top level competitions, with large numbers of athletes and spectators. Germany's vast experience in organising world-level table tennis events will certainly contribute to the success of the event. There is still a lot to be done, but I am more than confident that ETTU will be able to live up to the high expectations. We are very much looking forward to actively taking part in the preparatory work and to show the best of our European sport at Munich in August 2022.”
Horst SEEHOFER, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community, said, "Munich provides world-class conditions for elite international sport, which will be demonstrated in 2022 when this city plays host to the European Championships. This is a huge opportunity for sport in general and a tremendous event for the public. I am extremely pleased about this decision as the Federal Minister, but also as a sports enthusiast. Therefore, I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone coming to Munich for this event."
Libor VARHANIK, EC2022 Board Interim Chair said, ‘’On behalf of the EC2022 stakeholders, it is my great pleasure to welcome Table Tennis to the Munich 2022 European Championships. We are sure that with the addition of the European Championships in Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint, Sport Climbing and Table Tennis, each represented by their best athletes, audiences on-site and on-screen will enjoy an extraordinary sporting and cultural experience and a rich combination of diversified sports and performances at the highest level.’’
The Munich Olympic Park will be an important symbol of sustainability on the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summer Games with the iconic location set to be the heart of the second edition of the European Championships. The majority of events and activities will take place in and around the park in order to create an extraordinary festival atmosphere that allows athletes from different sports to experience the event together and visitors to embrace multiple events.
The multi-sport European Championships is an 11-day celebration of world-class sport that brings together existing individual continental championships into one coordinated event staged every four years. The Championships has a central timetable, uniform branding on-site, on-air and across digital and print media, with an overall country ranking table.
Munich 2022 is the second edition following the outstanding success of the inaugural European Championships in 2018, with Glasgow and Berlin successfully staging seven European Championships with 13 disciplines, providing a unique platform to elevate the Champions of Europe. A television audience of more than 1.4 billion watched this memorable first edition on free-to-air channels via EBU Member broadcasters and partners in 44 territories across Europe and worldwide.
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