ETTU and PZTS Confident 2020 European Championships Will Take Place

Poland’s Li Qian will be looking to defend her title on home soil at the European Championships (Photo: ITTF)

In the last few weeks, European table tennis fans were set to be left disappointed as it looked likely the Liebherr 2020 European Table Tennis Championships wouldn’t take place due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

However, the presidents of both the ETTU (European Table Tennis Union) and the PZTS (Polish Table Tennis Federation) have stated that they remain optimistic the prestigious tournament will go ahead in Warsaw, Poland as planned in September:

“Only some weeks ago we were hesitant about the chance of the Liebherr 2020 European Championships being staged as originally scheduled. Now, I feel excited to be able to state that we are more than confident that thanks to the relentless efforts of our Polish friends the Championships will be staged as planned.” – Ronald Kramer (ETTU President)

Although the Championships may well be held in 2020, it will almost certainly be a strange event for the players and organisers of the tournament, due to the strict health and safety protocols that they will have to obey and recognise:

“We are aware of country regulations because of COVID-19. As the organiser of this historic and prestigious event we can guarantee the highest safety standards. The Polish Table Tennis Association is in constant contact with the Ministry of Sport of the Republic of Poland which supports our efforts to organise the event as it was planned from 15th to 20th September this year.” – Dariusz Schumacher (PZTS President)

Timo Boll will be the man to beat in the race for the Men’s Singles crown (Photo: ITTF)

To add to that, ETTU and PZTS may also face a difficult scenario which could see some top players decide against participation at the event, in case of a possible chance of infection from Covid-19. If this proves to be the case, it could seriously dampen the level of the tournament, as well as lower the excitement surrounding the Championships.

However, both Ronald Kramer and Dariusz Schumacher hold the optimistic view that all the qualified players will enter the highly acclaimed event:

“…we surely hope that all players qualified to participate will be able to properly prepare and come to play in Warsaw, after a very long period of unsolicited ‘rest’.” – Ronald Kramer

 “We look forward to welcoming the European table tennis family to Warsaw.” – Dariusz Schumacher

Source: ETTU

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