VIPs full of praise for Liebherr World Table Tennis Championships 2017
The Liebherr World Table Tennis Championships 2017 are fascinating fans from around the world. In Düsseldorf, the VIPs in attendance are also full of the utmost praise for the impressive performances and experiences delivered by the tournament being held in the city by the River Rhine.
At Liebherr, the title sponsor of the world's largest indoor sports event, there was a feeling of great satisfaction throughout the entire week of the World Championships, both with the progress of the tournament and with its presentation to the outside world. "It is a good event all round. Everything is running brilliantly, the atmosphere is great, the hall is sold out on many of the days and we have also been able to present ourselves very well with a selection of equipment - what more could we want? For us, it's great to see that the sport is inspiring so many people", said Willi Liebherr, President of the Supervisory Board, during his multi-day visit to the World Championships.
Andreas Böhm, CEO of Liebherr-International, could also only find words of praise: "We have seen that the atmosphere at major events in Germany cannot be matched anywhere else." He also approved of the numerous special effects: "I think it's great that table tennis is keeping up with the times in terms of how it presents itself, while still keeping the focus on the sport. The chosen presentation elements are a good fit for table tennis." The other general conditions at the tournament also did not go unnoticed by Mr. Böhm: "The organization is very good and has turned out to be exactly what we were hoping for. Everything has also been done to cater to our needs. We are very satisfied."
Casting national rivalries aside, President Hans Friedinger of the Austrian Table Tennis Association (ÖTTV), a Liebherr partner, also gave the tournament a good overall rating: "The presentation of the arena with lighting effects and LED accents is truly world class. You can see that the Germans really know what they are doing. It is really fantastic how our sport and also our sponsor Liebherr are presenting themselves at these World Championships."
The World Championships also brought Dirk Schimmelpfennig back to table tennis after some time away. Dirk Schimmelpfennig is the High-Performance Sport Chairman of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and previously held various management functions at the German Table Tennis Federation (DTTB), also a Liebherr partner, rising to the position of Director of Sport. He was not only delighted to be able to reacquaint himself with many familiar faces: "As was the hope at the application stage, new standards for table tennis have been set. The tournament is an amazing spectacle. I think it needs to continue on like this in the future."
Andreas Preuss, manager of the host city's very own record German champions Borussia Düsseldorf and also Supervisory Board Chairman of the German Table Tennis League (TTBL), was highly impressed with the often feverish atmosphere on the Center Court, which was frequently sold out to 8000 fans: "The hall really produced a World Championship feeling. It gives off a clear signal that it is World Championships time. A high standard has been achieved and the bar has been raised. The presentation of the players' entrances has something majestic about it and it's great that we can show what we are really capable of. As a spectator watching the broadcasts on the Internet, it almost feels as if Real Madrid is playing against Juventus Turin! The clear message coming out of Düsseldorf is that things are happening in table tennis."
Robert Bausch was also captivated by the event. With his many years of experience and well-trained eye for detail, the "father" of Liebherr's table tennis sponsoring believes that the sport is on the right track. "It's impressive what they have put together in Düsseldorf. Although the large hall makes for a lot of walking, this gives both us and other exhibitors an unprecedented amount of space to present ourselves. Everything is organized very professionally, but the passion is still there. I also think that the attentiveness and helpfulness of the many volunteers is particularly noteworthy."