The 6th ITTF World Junior Championships in Madrid is over. The event in the Candidate City for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games convinced with a brand new facility, good food and an excellent organisation.
The Spanish capital was a worthy host of the biggest Junior table tennis event. Not only brought it Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania together in a competition hall, but also on the same dance floor.
New Level for TV and Set-up in the Hall Never before at a World Junior Championships the presentation of table tennis has reached the same standard like in the Francisco Fernandez Ochoa venue in Madrid. The TV production on the main court was state-of-the-art thanks to eight cameras, a new record. Shortly after a match, it was on the demand on the internet TV channel of the ITTF (itTV).
The Spanish knowledge of celebrating was warmly welcomed for the event as well. Never there have been so many loudspeakers built up making the award ceremony and the finals a real “Fiesta España”.
Leaving Madrid with Good Feelings In terms of food, the organisers spoiled the players as well as the officials with different places to enjoy the Spanish kitchen. The brand new busses and cars for transport made the displacements as agreeable as possible.
Eventually the official players’ party after the competitions was the perfect closing act with players nicely dressed, break dancing and coming closer to each other on a social level. Thank you Madrid!
A view of the Francisco Fernandez Ochoa venue during the Girls' Singles final. Photo by Rémy Gros