Doha, 29 September 2020 - The first-ever virtual Annual General Assembly of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) was held in Doha on Monday under the chairmanship of ITTF President Thomas Weikert and with the participation of President of Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) and the Arab Table Tennis Association, and Vice-President of the Asian Table Tennis Union and the International Table Tennis Federation Khalil Ahmed Al Mohannadi.
For the first time ever, the ITTF AGM was held virtually to enable the safest possible solution amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was attended by ITTF CEO Steve Dainton and President of the Swedish Table Tennis Association and member of the ITTF Executive Vice-Prsident of Finance Petra Sorling among others.
Doha hosted the ITTF Annual General Assembly for a second time, after it hosted the works of the General Assembly in 2004 on the sidelines of the World Table Tennis Championship.
The General Assembly is discussed several topics related to the future of the table tennis at the international level, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the regional and international table tennis events.
The ITTF discussed ambitious future strategy through the development of world championships and professional tours in the platinum category, starting next year.
President of Qatar Table Tennis Association and First Vice-President of ITTF Khalil Al Mohannadi expressed pleasure on the selection of Qatar to host the AGM which strengthens the close relationship between QTTA and the ITTF, thus founding for a permanent partnership between the two sides.
ITTF CEO Steve Dainton praised Qatar for hosting the ITTF General Assembly which is being held in extraordinary circumstances due to the current global health condition, to discuss the future of the game in the coming years and the challenges it faces at all levels.
Dainton affirmed the prominent position of Qatar as an incubator for the world table tennis and an important actor in terms of the important decisions related to the development of future strategies for table tennis. He praised the efforts exerted by Qatar Table Tennis Association, headed by Khalil Al Mohannadi, in developing the game and hosting the most important events of the ITTF Executive Office.
Meanwhile, President of the Swedish Table Tennis Association and ITTF executive Sorling expressed confidence in the organisational capabilities of the State of Qatar and thanked QTTA for hosting the event.