European Table Tennis Union

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European Table Tennis Union
ETTU
Logo ettu.jpg
Founded 1957 (1957)
Affiliation ITTF
President Stefano Bosi (Italy)
Official website
www.ettu.org

The European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) is the highest authoritative body of regulation and organization of table tennis in Europe regarded by International Table Tennis Federation. It was founded in 1957, and currently has 56 member associations. It is responsible for holding various important competitions for individual players, nations and clubs in the continent.

Founding History[edit]

The idea of an organization for table tennis in Europe came up in 1956 at Tokyo.[1] It was first founded on March 13, 1957, by 17 members: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, German Democratic Republic, West Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Wales, and Yugoslavia with Frenchman Jean Belot being the first President. Currently ETTU includes 56 members.

Members[edit]

List of total 56 member associations:[2]

Role[edit]

ETTU organizes the major European international tournaments and holds an official European rankings for individual players. The following events are regularly organized:[3]

Event First Edition Details
City Year
Budapest 1958 Organized yearly in September, with team, single and double events.
Stuttgart 1955 Organized yearly in July, for Junior and Cadet players, with team, single and double events.
  • European Veteran Championships (EVC)
Vienna 1995 Organized every odd year in May to June, with single and double events in 8 different age categories.
Subotica 2009 The mixed double has been removed from the EC in 2008 and replaced by this dedicated event organized the first time in 2009.
  • EuroCircuit
- 2011 In phase of organization.
  • European Nations League (ENL)
- 2009–2012 Starting in 2009 will be played over a period of 4 years.
  • Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament (OGQ)
- 2004 Every four years in March or April, during each Olympic year.
  • Olympic Youth Games Qualifying Tournament (OYGQ)
Novara 2010 Every four years in March or April, during each Olympic year.
  • Europe Table Tennis Super Cup (ETTSC)
Kazan 2007 Yearly in the last quarter year, for the eight highest ranked European men's senior players.
Beijing 2009 Starting in 2009, the event will take place twice per year, one in Asia, one in Europe.
Zadar 1971 Yearly in February, for the highest ranked European senior players.
  • Europe Youth Top-10 Tournament (TOP-10)
Republic of San Marino 1985 Yearly in January, for the highest ranked European Junior players.
- 1960–1961 Per season, for the highest ranked European club teams.
- 1964–1965 Per season, for the best European Men's and Women's club teams not entitled to participate in the European Champions League.
  • European Youth Open (EYO)
- -
  • TT Intercup
Wien 1990–1991
  • TT Intercup for Ladies
- 2008

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References:

  1. ^ "History of ETTU". ettu.org. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ "National Associations". 
  3. ^ "ETTU events". 

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