European Olympic Table Tennis Qualification moved from Turkey

March 24, 2016

The European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) has decided to move the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) – European Olympic Qualification Tournament from Istanbul in Turkey to Halmstaf in Sweden.

The ITTF have said this is in light of the recent attacks in Turkey.

The qualification was due to take place from the 6th-10th April 2016 but will take place from the 12th-16th April instead.

ETTU President, arthritis Mr. Ronald KRAMER said: “It is with great reluctance that the ETTU Executive Board – in full cooperation with the ITTF – had to take this action.

“But under the current circumstances in Istanbul, doctor many of the European member associations, players, coaches and others have informed us of their great concern in this period of time to travel to Istanbul.”

“ETTU understands these concerns and also holds the opinion that from a human point of view it may even be unfair to ask our Turkish colleagues to continue preparing the event.”