Tournaments

28 Jan 2019

One of the largest insurance groups in the Caribbean region, Universal becomes the first ever title sponsor of the ITTF Pan America Cup, to be held 1-3 February 2019 in Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico.

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and the Puerto Rico Table Tennis Federation (FPRTM) are proud to announce that Universal has been named title sponsor of the 2019 ITTF Pan America Cup.

One of the largest insurance groups in the Caribbean region, Universal becomes the first ever title sponsor of the prestigious event which will be held between 1-3 February fittingly in Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico.

Set to showcase the very best table tennis talent from across the Pan America region – not least native stars, Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador, the Pan America Cup has now received a significant boost off the court as well thanks to this agreement with Universal, helping to take the event to a new level commercially.

“For Puerto Rican table tennis, the Universal 2019 Pan America Cup represents a dream come true. We will be putting on a professional, international event at a world-class venue in what will be a true celebration of the sport for our fans and players. This all represents a first for our sport in our country, and we’re very excited.

“We would like to place on record special thanks to our title sponsor Universal for making this event possible, helping us make an indelible footprint on our sport’s history. A big thank you also to the ITTF and the Municipality of Guaynabo City for their enormous support, to Telemundo who will broadcast the event live, and to all the sponsors supporting us as we stage this historic tournament.”

Ivan Santos, President of Puerto Rico Table Tennis Federation

“Our commitment to support Puerto Rican youth players develop their skills and capabilities to the fullest leads us to sponsor events like this. In addition to allowing us to enjoy table tennis of the highest quality, it gives us the opportunity to support the effort and dedication of this new generation of Olympic-calibre athletes as a symbol of quality that has always highlighted what we do in Puerto Rico.

“With these young talents representing us so worthily, we reiterate our firm belief that sport unites us as people and enables us to share collective joy. Our athletes represent the true essence of our people. That is why it is our duty and responsibility to help them realise their dreams.”

Monique Miranda, President of the Board of Directors of Universal Group Inc.

This will be the 3rd edition of the Pan America Cup and the biggest yet following its inaugural showing in San Jose, Costa Rica, and last year’s event in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Hugo Calderano (BRA) and Zhang Mo (CAN) are the defending men’s and women’s champions respectively and will be looking to retain their titles amidst stiff competition, not least from the aforementioned Puerto Rican representatives, Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador. This will be the first time since 2016 that the pair participate in an international event on home soil.

So far, more than 1,500 tickets have been sold for the three-day event in Guaynabo City. Make sure you don’t miss the region’s biggest stars battle it out for glory between 1-3 February and get your ticket right here!

About Universal

Universal Group Inc. is one of the largest insurance groups in the Caribbean region. It is a Puerto Rican company with operations in 17 states of the United States of America and offers insurance products, policy financing and investment options.

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Day 3 - Universal 2019 ITTF-Pan American Cup