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Excellent organisation and colorful culture: Moldova, first CIS country to organize Tennis Europe AGM

Tennis Europe President Jacques Dupre at the opening of Tennis Europe AGM in Chisinau (Photo: Ivan Sobieski)
by Irina Coreachina and Natalia Donets, AIPS members
CHISINAU, March 22, 2016 - Last week the attention of the European tennis forum was focused on Moldova. The Tennis Europe Annual General Meeting 2016, which reunited 85 delegates from 29 countries took place in the capital city of Chisinau on 17th-19th of March. The major event became one of the most important and large-scale in sports history of the country since independence. A remarkable fact - Moldova became the first CIS country, which has been entrusted to host Tennis Europe AGM.

Tennis Europe President Jacques Dupre stated that: "Moldova is not only the first former-Soviet country to organize such an event, it also is the first from a group of so-called lesser-developed countries that are part of Tennis Europe. To be honest, the level of organization that we have encountered here is superior to the level that we have seen in many more developed countries".

Tennis Europe President named the AGM 2016 “a productive one” and mentioned that all the planned topics were discussed, including the strategy of further development and organisation’s budget for the 2016.

"The most important project is, above all, to develop all the services that we could provide the federations to help them at all times and in all domains. First of all it means dealing with the managing staff, which should be really competent at all levels. The second point is the education of coaches, who are an essential element, responsible for the formation of the new generation of players. The third priority, which has proven to be a very complicated one, is to help countries create proper sport infrastructure. For instance, a great many countries in Eastern Europe do not have enough indoor courts. It's not the case when it comes to Moldova, I was really impressed by the statistics that I have seen. I can say, for instance, that Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing serious problems, because there are no covered courts. Aside from that, all courts are necessary, clay, grass and hard surfaces, so that the players would have a chance to adapt to all of the surfaces", - Mr. Jacques Dupre summed up.

It should be noted that among the speakers was present the newly-elected International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty, who addressed the assembly for the first time. The main reason for Haggerty’s to visit Moldova was the ITF Board of Directors meeting, which was held in Chisinau right after the Tennis Europe AGM.

The laureates of the traditional Tennis Europe Award, nominated for outstanding contributions to the sport and its administration were honored at the AGM Gala dinner, which was held at the luxurious Palace of the Republic .

“Silver kettles” were received by: Vahe Avetisyan (ARM), Niki Pilic (CRO), Leon Smith (GBR), Tamara Semichina (MDA), Jacco Eltingh (NED), Vladimir Dimitriev (RUS) and Natalia Bondarenko (UKR). European Tennis Trophy awards were also presented to Germany (Senior Tennis), Great Britain and the Netherlands (Wheelchair Tennis), Czech Republic (Professional Tennis) and Russia (Junior Tennis and Overall Performance).

The host, Moldovan Tennis Federation, tried to do its best to impress the guests by the highest level of meeting organisation, as by the national traditions and colorful culture. Starting with event’s logo and brochure, ending with official Gala dinner show programme and cuisine, all elements of the Tennis Europe AGM 2016 were impregnated by national colours. The final paragraph of the informal programme was the excursion and dinner at the legendary Cricova wine cellars.

Next Tennis Europe Annual General Meeting will be organized in Russia, Sochi, on 23d-25th of March 2017, and will be the momentous one, as the elective assembly. Actual Tennis Europe president, Jacques Dupre, who occupied this post for three consecutive terms, had already announced that will be not seeking a new mandate, and supported the intentions of the Moldovan Tennis Federation president, Marina Tauber, to bid for the Tennis Europe Executive board membership.

“As for me, I do not plan to be re-elected. I want to encourage the women representatives to become candidates within the next board. If you think objectively, the work done by the women that have worked with us is as much effective, and in some cases even more effective, than the work done by men. I have known Marina Tauber for a number of years, supported her in some difficult situations. While I knew the situation in Moldovan tennis, I have found the detailed document on what has been achieved that she has provided us completely remarkable,” noted Jacques Dupre.

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