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Sponsorship/Table Tennis: GAC Group extends World Tour title sponsorship


July 29, 2013: Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group) has extended its sponsorship deal with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for three years. The agreement will see GAC Group continue as the title sponsor of the ITTF World Tour until the end of 2015.


GAC Group first partnered with the ITTF in 2011 when it became the title sponsor of the World Table Tennis Championships, then first sponsored the World Tour in 2012.


“Table Tennis is a very competitive and intellectual sport, with a strong foundation among the public,” said Zeng Qinghong, General Manager of GAC Group, who attended the signing ceremony in Guangzhou, China.


“The World Tour is a top ITTF Event that not only provides a stage for athletes to prove themselves but is also a platform that promotes international friendship and understanding. This is a wonderful opportunity for GAC Group to showcase our company’s brand and culture on the world stage.”


ITTF President Adham Sharara also attended the ceremony along with Chen Jianhua, Mayor of Guangzhou City.


“We’re very happy to be here on this historical day to mark the extension of a long-term collaboration between ITTF and GAC Group,” Sharara said. “We are sure that this partnership will be beneficial to GAC Group in helping them establish themselves as an international brand.


“ITTF has a special relationship with the city of Guangzhou. Guangzhou has organized many top level events for the ITTF, hence the ITTF is delighted to have a relationship with a top Guangzhou company and to extend the relationship with Guangzhou city.”


After 11 stops earlier this year, this year’s GAC Group ITTF World Tour continues next to Brazil, from August 8-11. Players are bidding to qualify for the World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai, UAE, in January 2014.

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