What is the role of ETTU in the development of table tennis? As I’m a coach in France, I found that ETTU has done a very good job in the development of table tennis in Europe in general, and in France, particularly.
History of ETTU
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ETTU is the official organization that organizes table tennis events in Europe. ETTU stands for European Table Tennis Union.
Official website: https://www.ettu.org/en/
The ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) requested the European Table Tennis Associations to investigate the potential of conducting the ETTC (European Table Tennis Championships) in the intervening alternate (even) years following the WTTC (World Table Tennis Championships) in Stockholm in 1957.
At a conference of European Associations at the French Open Championships in Rouen, representatives of the European Associations agreed to submit their ideas for staging the European Championship (ETTC) at a meeting in Stockholm.
During the 1957 World Table Tennis Championships in Stockholm, a preliminary conference was conducted on March 9th, 1957, where the key suggestions were discussed so that the European Table Tennis Union is then be founded.
Hall of Fame Members
The European Table Tennis Hall of Fame. ETTU honors the champions legendary players, coaches, and others who have made an exceptional contribution to the development of Table Tennis in Europe.
- Mr. Radivoj HUDETZ (Chair – CRO)
- Mr. Ronald KRAMER (ETTU President – NED)
- Mrs. Csilla BATORFI (HUN)
- Mrs. Jeanny DOM (LUX)
- Mr. Richard SCRUTON (ENG)
- Mrs. Irina PALINA (RUS)
- Mr. Walter RÖNMARK (SWE)
President of ETTU
On September 16, 2020, on an uncontested basis, Igor Levitin (Russia), was elected President of the European Table Tennis Union for four years (2020-2024).
Here is the list of the ETTU presidents:
All ETTU Presidents
- 1. Jean Belot, France (1958 – 1959)
- 2. Josef Vandurek, Czechoslovakia (1960-1963)
- 3. Jupp Schlaf, ФРГ (1964-1982)
- 4. Gyorgy Lakatos, Hungary (1982-1986)
- 5. Mihovil Kapetanic, Yugoslavia (1986-1992)
- 6. Hans Wilhelm Gab, Germany (1992-1993, resigned)
- 7. Nils Bergstom, Sweden (1994-1997, transition to ITTF)
- 8. Stefano Bosi, Italy (1998-2013, retired 9 August 2013 )
- Acting Jean-Francois Kahn, France (August 9 – October 5, 2013)
- 9. Ronald Kramer , Netherlands (2013-2020)
- 10. Igor Levitin, Russia (2020-2024)
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