BY SHOBOLA AYOBAMI EMMANUEL
The ITTF Executive Committee chose Amman, Jordan, to host the inaugural ITTF Summit on 4-6 December 2022.
Ground-breaking, after two years marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, the ITTF Summit will gather the world’s table tennis leaders to shape the future of the sport.
ITTF President Petra Sörling commented, “The ITTF Summit will be a fantastic way to bring the table tennis family together after two years of travel restrictions and videoconferences. We will take the time to meet, exchange best practices, share ideas, and extend our network. This summit must become a key gathering for the Olympic and Paralympic movements and the business community. I also want to welcome guest speakers with specific expertise to ensure the table tennis family stays at the forefront of all important topics.”
Planned events include the 2022 ITTF Annual General Meeting, in addition to meetings convened by the Board of Directors, Continental Council and Executive Committee. A far-reaching agenda, included on the itinerary will be keynote speeches and workshops addressing such items as sustainability, education, and diversity.
Decisions will be made regarding major events, integral to the ITTF calendar. The host cities for the 2025 World Table Tennis Championships Finals, the 2024 World Veteran Championships, and the 2024 World Youth Championships will be selected.
World Table Tennis, the commercial and events platform of the ITTF Group will be present to report on progress, as will the ITTF Foundation, the social responsibility arm. Also, representatives from the sports movement and the business community will be invited.
Amman is an increasing focal point for table tennis; in August 2021 the city hosted the Arab Championships, before later in the year in December being the home for the ITTF Hopes Week and Challenge.
Both occasions gained high praise, the man at the helm being Tarik Al Zouby, President of the Jordan Table Tennis Federation.
He commented, “We are honoured and humbled to have been selected to host the first-ever ITTF Summit and we are excited that the future of our sport will be shaped in Amman. The Jordan Table Tennis Federation will be ready to welcome delegates from 226 Member Associations. We will ensure a comfortable experience for all and we look forward to hosting the entire table tennis family in December.”