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Table Tennis: ITTF confirms record 84 events in 2014, Shanghai to host Museum

The newly elected ITTF Executive Committee made several appointments and announcements at its two-day meeting at the IOC Headquarters in Switzerland. Photo: ITTF.

The newly elected ITTF Executive Committee made several appointments and announcements at its two-day meeting at the IOC Headquarters in Switzerland. Photo: ITTF.

September 29, 2013: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) will host a record 84 international events in 2014, the Executive Committee announced at its first meeting since being elected in May 2013. The figure marks an increase of 14 events from 2013, showing the sport’s growing demand across the globe.

 

The nine Executive Committee members met for two days of meetings at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss a range of topics and make several appointments and announcements.

 

The first point of the meeting was the announcement that Thomas Weikert of Germany has been appointed Deputy President, the committee’s second-highest position. Petra Sorling of Sweden was then given the responsibility of Finance Director, based on her business background.

 

“This is a fantastic chance to work and develop the ITTF across the globe,” said Weikert, who’s also President of the German Table Tennis Association.

 

The Executive Committee had a lengthy discussion on the future of the World Table Tennis Championships, looking to reduce the size and costs to make the event more manageable. Further discussions will take place and a proposal will be made to the Executive Committee in 2014.

 

Adham Sharara, President of the ITTF, also confirmed the formal plans for next year’s relocation of the ITTF Museum – which opened in 2004 – from Lausanne to Shanghai in partnership with the Chinese Table Tennis Association and the Shanghai Municipal Government. The new home of the ITTF Museum will be 8,000 square metres, which is 10 times bigger than its current location.

 

Sharara, the Canadian elected President for a sixth term at this year’s ITTF AGM, said: “I am very satisfied with the outcome of the meeting and the positive discussions that took place. We have a solid team of Vice-Presidents and staff that will work hard in the implementation of our future plans.”

 

The next Executive Committee meeting will take place during the 2013 World Tour Grand Finals, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, on January 9-12, 2014.

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