ITTF - International Table Tennis Federation

01/22/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/22/2020 07:52

Universal named title sponsor of 2020 ITTF Pan America Cup

The prestigious event, taking place from 7th - 9th February 2020 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, is set to showcase the very best table tennis talent from across the Pan America region, including the likes of Hugo Calderano (BRA), Kanak Jha (USA), Gaston Alto (ARG), Bruna Takahashi (BRA), Lily Zhang (USA) and native stars Adriana Diaz, Melanie Diaz and Brian Afanador (PUR). Calderano and Adriana Diaz are the defending men's and women's champions respectively.

Following the success of last year's partnership, the Pan America Cup will continue to receive a significant boost off the court as well thanks to this agreement with Universal, helping to take the event to a new level commercially.

'We are delighted that Universal returns as the title sponsor of the Pan America Cup for the second year in a row. This kind of sponsorship has become more commonplace in the continent in recent times, which goes to show how Pan American events have been increasing in terms of media exposure and sport presentation. We look forward to continue our close collaboration with the Puerto Rico Table Tennis Federation, which has been doing an amazing job hosting ITTF competitions, and present a memorable event once again.' - Gonzalo Barak, ITTF Pan America Marketing Manager

'For the past almost 40 years our organisation has distinguished itself by supporting projects that highlight and exalt the values ​​of the Puerto Rican people. This year, Universal reiterates its commitment to support our youth in their development to represent our country by showing the human and professional qualities of our young athletes, and we are honoured to present for the second consecutive year the Universal 2020 ITTF Pan America Cup.

'This event offers a great opportunity to enjoy the best table tennis in Pan America and the great values for which the players proudly fly their flags at international and Olympic events. Table tennis is enjoying an amazing boom in Puerto Rico and it is a privilege for Universal to be part of this great team and continue to be part of the Pan American table tennis family.' - Josely Vega Maldonado, President and CEO of Universal Group Inc.

'It is with huge honour that we accept the challenge of celebrating the Universal 2020 ITTF Pan America Cup. We are working hard in all organisational facets, so that, just as last year, we can present an event that fulfils the expectations of the spectators, athletes, coaches, officials and the organisations that have invested their confidence in us to be the host.

'Once again, we thank Universal and all the sponsors, as well as the municipality of Guaynabo and all the staff that are contributing to the success of this wonderful event.' - Ivan Santos, President of Puerto Rico Table Tennis Federation

This will be the fourth edition of the Pan America Cup and the second successive year in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The event's inaugural showing was in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 2017, followed by Asuncion, Paraguay, in 2018.

So far, more than 30% of tickets have been sold for the three-day event in Guaynabo. Make sure you don't miss the region's biggest stars battle it out for glory: get your ticket right here!

About Universal

Universal Group Inc. is one of the largest insurance groups in the Caribbean region. It is a Puerto Rican company with operations in 17 states of the United States of America and offers insurance products, policy financing and investment options.

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