Dec 04. More than half billion eyes will turn to Budapest
Thanks to the upcoming 2019 World Table Tennis Championships, more than 500 million people will get to know the Hungarian capital.
The four world championships next year which will be held in Hungary are going to be crucial in the qualification process of the Olympic Games for 2020, Tokyo. This was the main reason of the press conference organised by the Hungarian Olympic Committee, the Hungarian Table Tennis Federation, and the Hungarian Fencing Federation as well as by the Hungarian Modern Pentathlon Association, the Hungarian Canoe Federation and the Hungarian National Television.
However, one of them is more outstanding by at least one aspect:
‘The world table tennis championships are among the five most-viewed sporting events in the whole planet. Probably, more than half of billions will follow the coverages. Naturally, a bigger portion is from the Far East. For example, the Japanese TV will send a whole TV-crew to the event.’ said Roland Nátrán, the President of the Hungarian Table Tennis Federation.
To understand how unique the requirements of the world champions are, in Hungary only the facility of Hungexpo can provide all the services needed as the President pointed out:
“Most of the halls of Hungexpo will be used during the competition and in the biggest one which is a state-of-the-art a mobile grandstand will be built that surrounds four and later one centre table. With this, according to our plans, a great atmosphere can be born by thousands of fans. Besides that, we prepare an enormous LED-wall, and a never-seen light and sound show to keep the visitors’ attention.”
Apart from many athletes, the Organising Committee expects jam-packed flights from the Far East, although the Hungarian citizens who can root for their favourites can yet again see the bests of the world in Budapest after 1950.
“Naturally, it is always amazing to have some support from the grandstand. Therefore I hope that there will be many Hungarian fans. I think, plenty of Chinese and Japanese supporters will be in Budapest in April, though I hope that the locals will be more.” said Georgina Póta, who is one the favourite in women’s doubles with Matilda Ekholm.
“Only, around March will be known our position in the ranking. It would be great to finish in the best eight and get medals by good playing, but this is going to be difficult.”
The 2019 World Table Tennis Championships will be held in Hungary, Budapest between 21st and 28th of April.