Saarbrücken: The table tennis players in Germany can’t wait for the arrival of the extraterrestrial. At the LIEBHERR Men’s World Cup in Saarbrücken from 1st to 3rd October 19 world stars – among them the European Champion Dimitrij Ovtcharov – chase the man who the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) named a human extraterrestrial of his craft. The talk is of the brand new Olympic Champion Ma Long whose gold medal in Rio de Janeiro also assured the Chinese winning the Golden Grand Slam – winning the World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Games in a row.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov is looking forward to the World Cup

The year before at the semi-final of the Men’s World Cup also Dimitrij Ovtcharov had to accept Ma Long’s superiority and this year he is looking forward to Saarbrücken because of several reasons: “The Saarland is a very special place for me. My main sponsor DONIC who supports me since my early childhood already, is located there. Therefore, I hope that the support in Saarbrücken might even be a bit bigger than somewhere else in Germany.”

The European Champion can certainly count on the support of the fans. In 2016 the tournament is hold in Saarbrücken for the first time. 20 out of the best male players in the table tennis world – maximum two per nation – play in the Saarlandhalle against each other in order to gain the most important title after Olympics and the gold medal at World Championships in singles competition. The Olympic bronze medal winner of London 2012 in singles competition and with the team, Dimitrij Ovtcharov is looking forward to the tournament: “The World Cup is one of the by far most important tournaments in the world. I am looking very much forward to the event. I expect to achieve a good result. With the spectators behind me a place on the podium is my big aim.”