The International Table Tennis Federation has presented a strategic plan for the next six years to its members at the Annual General Meeting held this week on the sidelines of the ongoing 2018 World Team Championships at Halmstad, Sweden.
The plan, which was accepted by the world governing body’s AGM, combined the input of all global table tennis stakeholders, with an opportunity to over 2,500 people to provide their inputs.
The 24-page document titled ‘Table Tennis. For all. For life’, has been created with the assistance of professional and financial services company Deloitte. Organisation & Governance, High Performance & Development, International Events, Promotion and Revenue are the five key strategic priorities that will form the pillars of ITTF’s future direction.
The ITTF Foundation was also unveiled, which will be tasked to evolve the federation’s award-winning development program, with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility activities to promote solidarity through table tennis.
ITTF president Thomas Weikert said, “This was a historic day for the ITTF. My Executive Committee and I are very happy with the key decisions made by the AGM. Our team has been working hard for positive change to take the ITTF to the next level. We believe that these four decisions will have a profound impact on the ITTF in a myriad of different levels.”
Meanwhile, the AGM concluded recently has also awarded South Korea its first major ITTF event. The Korean city of Busan has acquired the rights to host 2020 World Team Championships following the withdrawal of rival bids from Ekaterinburg, Russia and the US city of San Jose.
Following the withdrawals of Ekaterinburg and San Jose, the ITTF said both Russia and the US have declared their intention to bid for future World Championships. The ITTF’s World Championships are held on an annual basis, alternating between the team and individual events.
“The entire AGM was impressed about the quality of the Busan bid. I am certain that our Korean colleagues will do an amazing job at hosting a spectacular World Championships that will inspire millions across the world to play and enjoy table tennis. We look forward to welcoming back USA and Russia to again bid for the world’s biggest table tennis event soon,” said Weikert.