The Deputy Secretary General of the Italian Olympic Committee, former rower Carlo Mornati, enjoyed the opportunity of visiting Riva del Garda on the occasion of the World Junior Table Tennis Championships, one of the most important international events currently underway in Italy.
45-year-old Mornati has praised the overall organization of the Championships, as well as the host location, with Trentino arguably being one of the reference areas for the Italian sports movement.
The World Junior Table Tennis Championships show at the World the Italian sports tradition and Garda Trentino’s appeal.
Carlo Mornati: “I totally agree. The Italian Olympic Committee is grateful to Trentino for its commitment in sports. We are investing a lot on table tennis, we have a Federal Center in Formia and we are working to spread the sport in the schools: table tennis is an accessible sport, and we are quite happy with the strategy we are operating.”
The World Junior Champs can prove a great chance to promote table tennis, and an opportunity for these passionate youngsters to develop.
“Table tennis is an Olympic sport and it’s under our radar. We are confident that the movement will grow in the upcoming years, and the work we are doing at the federal center in Formia goes exactly in that direction. We want to forget the missed qualification to the Rio Olympics and show up at our best at Tokyo 2020.”
ITTF President Thomas Weikert praised the attitude of Trentino in sports events’ organization.
“Trentino does a lot for our sport – starting with the commitment in water sports, the Val di Fassa hosting our Alpine Ski National Team’s trainings, and also the 2013 Universiade is worth recalling. This is an elected land for sports, and an invaluable heritage for our movement. This event is a another successful experience, and certainly it won’t be the last in beautiful Garda Trentino”.