The expanded registration number of the 2019 European Veterans Championships in Budapest is full.
As we have reported, there is a huge interest in the next year’s European Championship. Initially, the maximum number of entrants was 3,000, but the organizers eventually expanded it to 3100. At the available space and on the tables that can be placed there, the continental championship cannot be arranged with more players.
Those who were not watchful and slipped out of the first 3,100 candidates could only rely on luck. From now on, only from the waiting list can be entered, and over 120 players were on the waiting list on the 18th of December.
Hungarian excellence such as Csilla Bátorfi, Krisztina Tóth, Mária Fazekas, Gábor Gergely, István Jónyer or Tibor Klampár entered for the tournament. The 2019 European Veterans Championships will be held in Budapest BOK Hall from 29 June to 6 July.
Hungarians are usually represented with a good number of them, and they also take home a lot of medals. For example, Béla Frank won the last two European Championships in the age 60-65 and was also the first in Las Vegas. We asked him about his goal at the Hungarian Veteran European Championships.
„Before the world champs, I said that I have no chance there, but I will not say that anymore. Nor will I win, but after that, I do not consider myself an odd one” Frank said after the Las Vegas success.
From 29 June to 6 July, you could hear many German words, as one-third of the entries have come from Germany! The Swedes and the Russians are among the top 3 nations too in veteran world competition under the roof of the BOK Hall, the place of the Hungarian ITTF Seamaster World Tour events. The main difference between the WT and the veteran Europeans is the number of tables. You will be able to play on 120 tables comparing to the World Tour’s 24.
World Tour showcourt table at the same place
In the 2018 World Veterans Championship, besides the many participants, the venue, Las Vegas, has also boosted the mood. Budapest can offer fewer casinos, but there is no shortage in sight. You can find riverboat trip on the Danube or visiting Lake Balaton among the organised programs for the participants.
It is advised to register as soon as possible for the 2019 European Veterans Table Tennis Championships in Budapest for several reasons.
After the World Tour Hungarian Open in January and the World Championships in April, the European Veterans Championships in summer will be the third big table tennis event in 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
2,000 players registered
Welcome Andreas Seidler the 2,000th registered player. In table tennis the competitions for veterans gather the most significant number of participants, this is the case with the European Championships too, so it is necessary to maximize the number of competitors. Up to 3,000 players can participate in the European Championships in Budapest, and the number of entrants has already exceeded 2,000!
Besides that, it is also worthwhile to submit entries as soon as possible, as the later they will do so, the higher the entry fee will be. For example, until December 15, only 150 euros will be paid, which will be 240 euros at the final stage.
The 2019 ITTF World Veterans Tour will feature a professionally organized series of events linking the global community of players 40 and over, including:
Dedicated ITTF World Veterans Tour website, including event-specific pages;
First-ever Veterans ranking system;
Enhanced marketing and social media programs for tour operators;
Consistent playing formats;
And much more!
With seven age categories on offer and match formats including Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles events with optional mixed doubles and Team events, this is very much a Tour open to anyone and everyone who continues to show their passion for the sport.
The ITTF World Veterans Tour is not just an opportunity for mass participation in an ever-growing veteran players community, but also for host cities to put on an international sporting event with visibility boosted through the support of the ITTF’s Marketing Team.
Hosts must start their bidding process with an expression of interest to the ITTF, who will then invite bidders to explain more about their proposals and submit a detailed bidding form. The strongest bids will be shortlisted by the ITTF, who will subsequently decide which hosts have been successful. It is expected the 2019 Tour will include between 6-8 stops.
“The new launch of the ITTF World Veterans Tour will provide all table tennis lovers with the platform for playing and promoting the culture of the game worldwide.” Mr Frank Ji, Founder of Sportsmaster and Special Advisor to the ITTF President for Commercial and Business
“With our new strategic direction and a vision of ‘Table Tennis. For All. For Life’ we feel that this is a great fit for the veterans.” Mr. James Morris, ITTF Executive Vice President
“Don’t worry, this is not going to be a Tour for the professionals like the ITTF Wold Tour. This is designed for everyone. It’s about participation. It’s about seeing your friends more often.” Mr. Matt Pound, ITTF Marketing Director
After the ETTU Executive Board announced that the 2019 European Veterans Championships has been awarded to the Hungarian Table Tennis Association, the date for the event is set. The 2019 European Veterans Championships will be held from the 1st of July until the 7th of July in 2019. The venue will be the Budapest Olympic Center. Budapest hosted the European Championships in 2016 after 34 years break and the veterans championship will be organised shortly after the World Championships 2019 in the same city.
Beautiful city of Budapest will once again host big European event. During the LIEBHERR 2018 ITTF European Championships, ETTU and Hungarian Table Tennis Association finalised the agreement by signing on the contract for the European Veterans Championships 2019 from 1st to 7thJuly.
Just few months after Budapest will host the elite at the World Championships next year, they will open the door for the older categories.
“We are very excited that we have the opportunity to organize the Championships in “homage” to experience players. They have great experience and we are aware that we have to give our best to fulfill their expectations,” said Roland NATRAN President of Hungarian TT Association.
ETTU President Ronald KRAMER did not hide his enthusiasm after signing the document.
“I am happy that Hungarian Association with its long tradition in both playing and organizing the events will host such a big competition. Beautiful city of Budapest will gather many hundreds of players and I am sure HTTA will be up to the task, like always before,” said President KRAMER.