Adam Pattantyus will no doubt be in focus on home soil
Photo By: Frantisek Zalewsky
LIEBHERR 2016 ITTF European Table Tennis Championships (Click here to access this section)
First staged in 1958 in Budapest; the Hungarian capital city is the host for the Liebherr 2016 ITTF European Championships, play will commence on Tuesday 18th October and will conclude on Sunday 23rd October.
It will be the third time that the tournament has been staged in Budapest, the city also hosted the event in 1982; notably on both occasions Hungary enjoyed success.
In 1958 Zoltan Berczik won the Menís Singles title beating colleague, Elemer Gyetvai in the final; the two having lined up earlier in the tournament alongside Zoltan Bubonyi, Laszlo Foldy and Ferenc Sido to win the Menís Team competition.
Additionally, Eva Koczian won the Womenís Singles event, beating Englandís Ann Haydon in the final. Meanwhile, Zoltan Berczik joined forces with Gizi Lantos, better known as Gizi Farkas, to secure the Mixed Doubles title. At the final hurdle they beat Ferenc Sido and Eva Koczian.
Won Team Titles
Later in 1982, Hungary won both the Menís Team and Womenís Team titles.
Principally selecting the legendary trio of Gabor Gergely, Istvan Jonyer and Tibor Klampar with Zsolt Kriston and Janos Molnar in support, the Menís Team title was secured.
Similarly, with Beatrix Kishazi, Zsuzsa Olah, Gabriella Szabo and Edit Urban on duty, the Womenís Team title was claimed.
However, for the host nation there was to be no gold in the individual events, the nearest was in the Menís Doubles when Istvan Jonyer and Gabor Gergely finished in runners up spot. They were beaten in the final by Dragutin Surbek and Zoran Kalinic, in those days representing Yugoslavia.
It is on the individual events that the focus is centred in 2016; there are no team events on the schedule.
Mixed Doubles Returns
Notably for the first time since Serbiaís Aleksandar Karakasevic and Ruta Paskauskiene won in Belgrade in 2007, alongside Menís Singles, Womenís Singles, Menís Doubles and Womenís Doubles, Mixed Doubles is once again on the schedule.
The closing date for preliminary entries is Friday 19th August; for final entries it is: Monday 19th September.
Also, alongside the tournament, the Congress of the European Table Tennis Union will be held on Wednesday 19th October 2016 in the Danubius Hotel Flamenco in Budapest.
Download: Liebherr 2016 European Championships - Prospectus