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IPA Poland holds successful Table Tennis championships

held from 29-30 April 2017 in Radom

Dated 13-06-2017

The 5th IPA Polish Open Championship in Table Tennis was held from 29-30 April 2017 in Radom in the Municipal Sports and Recreation Centre Hall. As always, the event was a great opportunity for ‘IPA integration’, as well as making table tennis as a form of active recreation more popular, and for selecting best IPA teams and players. In Poland, the IPA brings together exclusively police officers and border guards. The championship, however, was open to all ‘uniformed services’. Therefore, we were glad to welcome teams and individual players from the Radom Fire Brigade and Regional Directorate of State Forests. IPA teams came from all over Poland, and Teams from Ireland, Russia and Romania had also shown an interest. Eventually, we hosted two new colleagues from Nicosia, Cyprus: Stavros and Marinos.
As usual, the tournament was organised by the Radom Region of the International Police Association together with the Provincial Board of the Police Trade Union and the Radom Table Tennis Integrative Club.
Fans were able to cheer for 13 teams and 32 competitors (including two women). Following an initiative of our Cypriot colleagues, an international IPA team was also formed, with the participation of the main organiser, the ‘godfather’ of the event, Mirosław Guziński.
The competition had been entered into the sports event calendar of the Polish Table Tennis Association. This time we were honoured once more by the patronage of the Provincial Police Commander, the President of the Polish Section of the IPA and the Mayor of Radom, who were also the donators of the cups.
accordance with the rules of fair play and to provide a pleasant stay in Radom for all players. I dare say that we faced up to the challenge!
As always, we were able to count on the logistical and financial support of our supporters and sponsors. Without them, organising the event would not have been possible.
We would like to invite interested foreign teams to contact our IPA colleagues from Cyprus to find out if it was worthwhile for them to come to Radom.
A special thank-you to our friend, the President of Section Cyprus, Michael Odysseos, former International President of the Association, for making the participation of the IPA Cyprus representatives in the championship possible.
Individual and group results can be found on our official website at www.ipa.org.pl.

Text by Krzysztof Kapturski, chairman IPA Radom
Photos by Dama Bajbak and Krzysztof Kapturski

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