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Table Tennis: Germany’s Weikert succeeds Sharara as ITTF President

Canadian Adham Sharara (left) hands over the ITTF Presidency to German Thomas Weikert, the former Deputy President. Photo: Remy Gros.

Canadian Adham Sharara (left) hands over the ITTF Presidency to German Thomas Weikert, the former Deputy President. Photo: Remy Gros.

September 2, 2014: Thomas Weikert became the seventh President of the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) on Monday, succeeding Adham Sharara, who held the position since 1999.

 

Weikert, President of the German Table Tennis Association, was formerly the Deputy President and said he would look to continue the work done by his predecessor.

 

“Firstly I would like to give a huge thank you to Adham Sharara. During his 15 years as ITTF President, he has taken the sport forward in leaps and bounds and everyone involved in table tennis will forever be in his debt,” said Weikert, who said one of his aims is to expand the ITTF Development Programme.

 

“During my time as ITTF President, I would like to continue the growth of the sport and fulfil the ITTF’s goal of becoming a top five sport. Development of smaller associations is a matter that is near to my heart and I want our sport to be played in as many countries by as many people as possible. Table Tennis should not only serve as a form for physical and mental training but also be a unifying element.”

 

Sharara will move into his new roles as ITTF Deputy President and also Chairman, a position created at this year’s ITTF AGM that is an independent and non-political role without any voting or decision-making power.

 

“I am very happy that the ITTF will now step into a new phase of its development. I hand over the ITTF reins to Thomas Weikert and provide him my full support,” Sharara said.

 

“Thomas is the head of a large and important national association and his experience in that capacity will be very important for the further development of the ITTF and its members associations. Thomas has the necessary energy and motivation to take the ITTF to the next level and we will all support his efforts as an ITTF family.”

 

As Chairman, Sharara’s main functions will be to chair the ITTF AGM each year, review the Constitution, present and propose the new P5 long-term plan to the Executive Committee, and focus on marketing.

 

To fill Sharara’s vacancy on the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors elected Bruce Burton (Canada) as Executive Vice President. The nine-member EC, until the next elections in 2017, is Thomas Weikert (President), Khalid Al-Mohannadi (Deputy President), Bruce Burton, Cherif Hajem, Patrick Gillmann, Masahiro Maehara, Melecio Rivera, Shi Zhihao and Petra Sorling (all Executive Vice Presidents).

 

Weikert follows Sharara and five other former ITTF Presidents: Ivor Montagu of England (Chairman 1926-1937, President 1937-1967); H. Roy Evans of Wales (1967-1987); Ichiro Ogimura of Japan (1987-1994), Lollo Hammarlund of Sweden (1994-1995) and Xu Yinsheng of China (1995-1999).

 

Source: ITTF (www.ittf.com); Editing by SportAsia

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