At the Annual General Meeting of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU), which was held in Germany at the 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf, it was decided to hold the European U21 Championships 2018 in Minsk (Belarus). The EC events will include four types of competitions:
The Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus,
8/2 Kirova Str., 220030 Minsk, Belarus.
Tel.: +375 17 226 10 33.
Fax: +375 17 327 76 22.
Belarus Table Tennis Federation:
63/1-1 Pobediteley ave., 220035 Minsk, Belarus
Tel.: +375 17 399 52 24.
Fax: +375 17 399 52 04.
Alexandre Petkevitch (Republic of Belarus)
Mob. +375 29 636 37 38.
Dimosthenis MESSINIS (GREECE)
Mob. +30 697 023 6116.
President of Belarus Table Tennis Federation
It is a great honor for us to receive guests and participants of the European U21 Table Tennis Championships. For the first time in history, our country will host the official competitions of a continental scale. This championship is still quite young (the second in a row), but it has already gained popularity and importance among athletes and professionals. We will try to do everything possible to ensure that all the participants and guests of the championship feel comfortable and homelike in our city, and the European U21 Championships is remained in memory for its hosting of high level.
The capital of Belarus can rightly be called the mecca of international sports competitions. Support and development of sports are one of the priorities of our state’s policy. On the eve of the 2nd European Games, which will be held in Minsk in 2019, the current European U21 Championships is a good test of the strengths and capabilities of our athletes and the organizational skills of the Federation.
I am confident that the Championships will cause genuine interest among the Minsk audience.
I wish all the athletes luck and success in the championship, fair refereeing for umpires, vivid impressions for spectators!
President of European Table Tennis Union
Dear friends and supporters of European Table Tennis,
As the President of the European Table Tennis Union it is my duty, but also my honour and great pleasure, to welcome players, coaches, officials, umpires, spectators and our title sponsor Belgosstrakh and our equipment suppliers Tibhar and DHS to the 2018 BELGOSSTRAKH European Under 21 Championships.
This is the second time we organise European Championships for our top under 21 athletes and after the first edition last year in Sochi – where we saw a German winner Chantal Mantz in Women’s singles and a Croatian winner Tomislav Pucar in Men’s singles. All together players from 12 Associations won medals and 5 Associations took home gold. Some of the medallists are still eligible in 2018 too, so I am sure this tournament is going to be another success and all of us will be witness of great contests again.
The Belarus Table Tennis Federation has already proved its capability with European Champions in both genders (Vladimir Samsonov in 1998, 2003 and 2005 and Viktoria Pavlovich in 2010 and 2012) and I am convinced this time BTTF will show its talent in organising such an important event, the 2nd European Championships for our best players under 21.
We are most grateful to Belarus TTF, the city of Minsk, the Falcon Club venue and all the officials and volunteers to organise this major event and I believe it will be on a high standard – just as Belarus table tennis has been for a long time already.
Finally, I wish all participants and everyone involved a successful event and a worthwhile and nice stay in the city of Minsk.
Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus
I welcome participants, organizers and guests of the European U21 Table Tennis Championships in the city of Minsk.
Belarus regularly becomes a venue for major international competitions. The country has an excellent sports infrastructure; it has accumulated a rich experience in organizing competitions of various levels.
In 2008, Minsk hosted its first World Tour table tennis tournament, and in 2011 the best athletes from Asia and Europe took part in the competitions in this city. This time the Belarusian capital opens its doors to ambitious and talented young European table tennis players.
I am confident that these competitions will be another important stage in improving participants’ sports skills and it will attract great attention of specialists, as well as fans of this wonderful sport.
I hope that the young generation of Belarusian table tennis players will show perseverance on the way to the planned peaks and they will take with honor the baton from those who have already contributed to the development of home and world table tennis.
I wish every athlete to please spectators with high skill, and all matches to be exciting, vivid and interesting.
I sincerely hope that foreign participants of the championship will appreciate the hospitality of our country, that they will be imbued with the atmosphere of friendship and openness of our people.
I wish luck, optimism, prosperity and success in all matters to all the participants of the European U21 Championships, and unforgettable impressions and joyful emotions to the audience.
The Mayor of Minsk
On behalf of the Minsk City Executive Committee and all Minsk citizens, I am sincerely glad to welcome the athletes, coaches and, of course, the fans of the European U21 Table Tennis Championships.
It is gratifying that exactly Minsk was chosen as the capital of the continental championship for the masters of small rackets under the age of 21. This is another evidence of the authority of the Belarusian table tennis school, which is rich in bright names and victorious traditions.
These days the capital of Belarus welcomes the best table tennis players who will have to demonstrate in a serious and tense struggle all their skill and will to win.
I am confident that the European U21 Championships will be a real holiday for fans of this fascinating sport, it will serve to develop and to strengthen international contacts.
I wish you success and new achievements, good luck and all the best.