CADIZ, 7 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Almost 300 athletes who make up the “world elite” of pickleball, a shovel game that combines shots from other disciplines such as tennis, paddle tennis, badminton or table tennis and which is “on the rise”, will meet from 23 to February 26 in the municipality of Rota (Cádiz) for the European Pickleball Open.
The Provincial Council of Cádiz has shown its commitment to this competition by collaborating with its organizers and the Rota City Council, as the Provincial Institution has indicated in a note.
The deputy for Sports, Jaime Armario, has participated in the presentation of the European Pickleball Open, in an act in which he was accompanied by the Councilor for Sports of the City Council of Roteño, José Antonio Medina, and two of those responsible for organizing the championship, Miguel Santana Perez and Ernesto Velazquez.
Armario explained that support for this tournament is part of the Provincial Council’s strategy to promote “any sporting discipline that comes to add and reference the province as an organizer of events”, and recalled that this type of competition entails the arrival of ” a significant number of visitors to Cádiz, consolidating it as a sports destination and helping to combat the seasonality of the tourism sector”.
The organizers of the competition have explained that this tournament is part of an international circuit, the WPC Series, which in addition to the Rota event will stop in the cities of Bali (Indonesia) and Phuket (Thailand). With more than 270 participants already registered, the forecast is that the final figure will be around 300 people. Among them, Miguel Santana has stated, will be “the best players in Europe” and other representatives “of the highest level of world pickleball”.
The tournament will distribute 10,000 euros in prizes and at the moment there are already 23 nationalities represented in it. The celebration of the test will coincide in dates with the Carnival festivities both in the city of Rota and in Cádiz capital, with which it is expected that participants and spectators can enjoy not only the sporting spectacle, but also one of the most important traditions from the province.