The Setka Cup – All You Need to Know About the Table Tennis Platform
Kevin Larsen, Chief Editor
Due to its fast-paced and unpredictable nature, the sport of table tennis has grown in popularity quite notably over the past decade or so, captivating hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world.
If you’ve been closely following the sport of table tennis, you may know a thing or two about the Setka Cup. Whether you’re a new fan of the sport or have been in tune for a while, this post attempts to highlight everything you need to know about the Setka Cup. Stick around!
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What Is the Setka Cup?
Initiated in Ukraine, the Setka Cup is a table tennis initiative that aims to pit the game’s most accomplished players against one another.
The initiative encompasses both commercial and non-commercial tournaments. It also caters to table tennis players of different skill levels and age groups.
Each month, over 6,500 Setka Cup matches take place, with over 700 players participating from all around the world. Some of the most notable names that have participated in the Setka Cup include Iryna Motysk and Valeriya Stepanovska.
It’s worth pointing out that the Setka Cup has recently partnered with the Ukrainian Table Tennis Federation (UTTF) and that it’s garnering attention from over 150 countries around the globe.
You don’t have to bend over backwards to watch the Setka Cup’s biggest matches. Simply visit the organizing committee’s YouTube channel and enjoy their live broadcasts.
You’ll also find a selection of interviews that focus mainly on the participants, allowing them to talk about their passion for the sport as well as their experience in the tournament.
When Was the Setka Cup Launched?
The Setka Cup was launched in 2018. Back then, the initiative wasn’t all that successful at gaining momentum. It was in 2020, however, that people from around the world started to pay attention.
In 2020, many sports events were either postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. The Setka Cup wasn’t one of those events, though. In fact, in 2020 alone, the Setka Cup organization held over 50,000 matches.
Being one of the very few sports events that were active in 2020, the Setka Cup started to gain viewership from sports fans who were deprived of sports entertainment due to the pandemic.
From there, the platform continued to grow and garner the attention of table tennis fans from all around the world.
Where Is the Setka Cup Held?
The Setka Cup is held primarily in Ukraine—in Dnipro, Kyiv, and Lviv. There are currently eight different arenas in Ukraine that are dedicated to hosting Setka Cup matches.
Apart from Ukraine, there’s an arena in Prague that was opened in May of 2021. It’s the only foreign Setka Cup arena for the time being. There are plans of expansion throughout the entire European Union, though.
Despite being a relatively new initiative, the Setka Cup’s presence seems to be growing at a very promising rate. Soon enough, it’s going to be one of the biggest table tennis tournaments in the world.
If you’re looking to broaden your horizons as a fan of the sport, there are other table tennis tournaments that you may want to check out, including the World Table Tennis Championships, Olympic Games, and major continental events.
Hopefully, this brief post has provided you with the information you were looking for with regard to the Setka Cup. To find out more about the initiative, be sure to visit the official Setka Cup website.