The European Table Tennis Championships have been postponed ©ETTU

The European Table Tennis Championships in Warsaw have been postponed due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases and travel restrictions.

The European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) confirmed the postponement of the event following an Executive Board meeting.

"The safety of players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and partners has been a priority for all organisations involved," said Ronald Kramer, ETTU President.

"A lot of work has taken place over the last six months in preparation for the event.

"We thank the President of the Polish Table Tennis Federation, Dariusz Szumacher, the Board, staff and partners in Warsaw for trying everything possible to deliver the event.

"In particular upcoming travel restrictions played an important role in the unanimous but sad Executive Board decision.

"With not all Member Associations being able to participate, the event would not be a fair European Championships."

Competition had been scheduled to take place from September 15 to 20 in the Polish capital.

The ETTU said the Polish Table Tennis Federation understood and accepted the difficult decision.

The European Table Tennis Championships were scheduled to take place from September 15 to 20 ©ETTU
The European Table Tennis Championships were scheduled to take place from September 15 to 20 ©ETTU

"Due to COVID-19, we are hugely disappointed that the European table tennis family will not be able to come to beautiful Warsaw in September," said Szumacher.

"I would like to thank the ETTU and International Table Tennis Federation for all the support over these weeks and months.

"We had prepared a very special event despite the circumstances during the last five months.

"Nevertheless, my colleagues and I, the city of Warsaw and our partners look forward to welcoming everyone on another date for the European Championships."

The ETTU say a future date for the European Championships will be announced at a later stage.

The ETTU Congress was scheduled to take place on September 16 in Warsaw, alongside the European Championships.

Information about the ETTU Congress is expected to be announced shortly.

Russia's Igor Levitin is set to succeed Kramer as ETTU President, after he was confirmed as the sole candidate for the position earlier this month.