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Ping-Pong Diplomacy Returns
By: Richard Pettit, ITTF Media Manager


Joel Bouzou addresses to ITTF Annual General Meeting  Photo By: Rémy Gros

05/10/2011        2011 Qatar Peace and Sport Cup (Click here to access this section)

During the GAC GROUP 2011 World Table Tennis Championships currently taking place in Rotterdam, the international organization Peace and Sport and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced a “Peace and Sport Table Tennis Tournament”.

It is seen as an historic Table Tennis Cup aimed to encourage dialogue and good relations between nations – which will take place in Qatar on Monday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2011.

Organized by the Qatar National Olympic Committee and the Qatar Tennis Table Association, under the leadership of ITTF and the guidance of Peace and Sport, this is an unprecedented sports event that will break political tensions and unite nations in a way that only table tennis can.

Organized by the Qatar National Olympic Committee and the Qatar Tennis Table Association, under the leadership of ITTF and the guidance of Peace and Sport, this is an unprecedented sports event that will break political tensions and unite nations in a way that only table tennis can.

Driving Force for Peace
Based on 'Ping-Pong Diplomacy', the famous event that provided the catalyst for US-China relations back in 1972, the Peace and Sport Table Tennis Tournament will use the power and core values of sport as a driving force to promote peace and unity.

Onlookers will include key government officials from each of the competing nations, fostering political communication and relations at the highest level.

Driving Force for Peace
The nations set to compete in this historic and first Peace and Sport Table Tennis Tournament are: The People's Republic of China, India,The Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Pakistan, Qatar, the Russian Federation, the United States of America.
Ten Countries

Elite players from the 10 represented countries will compete over two days, in men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In the doubles events partnerships will be created with representatives from separate nations symbolizing this ground-breaking initiatives objective.
The 'Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup' will witness teams composed of exceptional duos that will make an indelible mark on our memories and turn these athletes into genuine ambassadors of global peace.

Joel Bouzou, President Peace and Sport
"Sport goes far beyond competitions and games. Many historic and recent examples demonstrate that it acts as a major political lever that can serve as a mediator in the international diplomatic arena”, Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport. “This is the driving ambition of this competition which I hope will allow us to reach a stage where we can bury the quarrels of the past, encourage dialogue between certain countries and more globally, promote mutual understanding and peace; we are incredibly proud to be involved in this project that will make such an impact."

Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup
The “Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup” is the fruit of a long-term relationship between Peace and Sport and ITTF who jointly develop programs for peace promotion and peace education through table tennis in Colombia and Timor Leste.


Adham Sharara (left) and Joel Bouzou (right) cement agreement in Rotterdam

Photos by Rémy Gros

 

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