25 May 2017

The Liebherr 2017 World Championships ever closer, the last stages of preparation the order of proceedings for the event which commences in the German city of Düsseldorf on Monday 29th May; Idraettens Hus in Broendby was the town in focus.

Organised by the Danish Table Tennis Federation, in co-operation with the country’s National Olympic Committee a veritable United Nations met at from Sunday 21st to Thursday 25th May.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

At the helm of proceedings was Sweden’s Linus Mernsten, now the Danish National Coach, he was assisted by Yao Cheugren and Hi Wei Xin.

Notably from the host nation, Michael Maze was on duty alongside Jonathan Groth, Tobias Rasmussen, Anders Lind, Claus Nielsen and Mikkel Hindersson.

Strong representation from Denmark; arguably it was even stronger from Russia. Grigory Vlasov, Mikhail Paikov, Kirill Skachkov, Alexander Shibaev, Alexey Liventsov and Vladimir Sidorenko were all present.

Likewise there was a formidable contingent from Greece in the guise of Panagiotis Gionis, Tasos Riniotis and Ioannis Sgouropoulos; whilst from India, Sharath Kamal Achanta attended, as did Sweden’s Simon Arvidsson.

A Training Camp but there was more. On the penultimate day of action the “Ready for Düsseldorf” tournament was held in Hillerod, 30 minutes from Broendby, some 100 fans attended.

Sharath Kamal Achanta emerged as the winner beating Alexander Shibaev in the final, Jonathan Groth and Simon Ardvisson were the respective semi-finalists.

Liebherr 2017 World Championships Linus Mernsten

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