Title-worthy organization of the World Championships – "Everything is running smoothly"
Even before the finals are played on the weekend of Pentecost, one of the big winners of the Liebherr World Table Tennis Championships 2017 in Düsseldorf is already clear - the tournament organization. The performance of lead project management company Tischtennis Marketing GmbH (TMG) in running the world's largest indoor sport event has been absolutely title-worthy.
Thomas Weikert, President of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), is not sparing in his praise for the behind-the-scenes helpers at the halfway point of the tournament: "Everything is running smoothly. Along with the large spectator numbers and great games, I am particularly delighted that there haven't been any major problems. The organization of the games in the beautiful hall, the shuttle service and the catering for participants have been almost perfect. I haven't heard any concerning complaints so far. The ITTF is very happy, everyone is working well together."
It is easy to forget that the World Championships are a mammoth task. Over 600 players from over 100 countries, many other accredited people from associations and media, over 300 volunteers and, last but not least, several thousand spectators attending every day represent a massive challenge for the TMG team under the leadership of CEO Britta Gerlach.
While the players are giving their best performance at the tables, the employees of TMG are also working at their limits together with colleagues from the ITTF and tournament organizers of the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB). In view of the varied tasks involved with an event of this size, the smooth organization and the communication between the two playing arenas and the training hall is a small miracle. The well-versed TMG team resolves any issues that occur, particularly those of an unforeseen nature, as a matter of course and in a masterly, well-coordinated fashion.
TMG does in fact already have plenty of experience with events like the one in Düsseldorf. In recent years, comparable tournaments were held in 2006 in Bremen (Team World Championships), 2009 in Stuttgart (European Championships) and 2012 in Dortmund (Team World Championships). The German Open is also held annually along with regular World Cup tournaments (2014 in Düsseldorf and 2016 in Saarbrücken).