Table Tennis: ITTF overtakes FIVB as largest federation
- Updated: April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015: The ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) became the largest International Federation on Tuesday, with 222 National Associations.
The ITTF overtook the FIVB (volleyball) as the largest International Federation after Sao Tome & Principe and South Sudan were accepted into the ITTF at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Suzhou, China, which was held in conjunction with the ongoing Qoros World Championships.
The ITTF now has only four more countries – Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Bahamas – remaining in the Olympic family to integrate in order to reach its final goal of having a National Association in every country possible.
Thomas Weikert, President of the ITTF, stated: “As the ITTF President I am very proud that ITTF has achieved the number one status in terms of membership as our goal is not just to be among the top five sports overall but also within each area. This is then another milestone on the path to achieve this.”
The newest additions is a result of the ITTF’s Development Program’s objective to grow national associations to have table tennis played across the globe. Initiated in 1999, the ITTF Development Program has added 42 new National Associations.
The Program offers support for member associations around the world support in terms of equipment, coach training, player training and more to assist them in developing and growing in a sustainable way.
Source: ITTF (www.ittf.com); Editing by SportAsia