by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The agreements are for the Olympic cycle, from 2017 to 2020; they enable the continents to facilitate long term planning whilst giving surety of budget.
“It is a formal recognition of the continents; it gives them more say in organising their various programmes, it gives autonomy”, said Glenn Tepper, ITTF Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
Thomas Weikert signs on behalf of International Table Tennis Federation
“The new agreement gives us more possibilities, especially to develop in the various regions” Khaled El-Salhy, President African Table Tennis Federation
“The level in many parts of Asia is high, we have a great deal to offer in developing our sport further” Cai Zhenhua, President Asian Table Tennis Union
“I am happy to continue the very good co-operation. It is an investment for the future, it will help our Eurotalents programme” Ronald Kramer, President European Table Tennis Union
“It means a great deal for Latin America, it will help us reach our main goal, which is to reduce the gap between Latin America and Europe and Asia.” Juan Vila, President Latin American Table Tennis Union
“The United States and Canada have very young players right now, we want to try to get them closer to the best in the world; also we have the US Virgin Islands and Bermuda who are in the development stage” Tony Keisenhofer, President North American Table Tennis Union
“We have many small associations, the agreement helps up to promote table tennis throughout our regions of the world; we can take initiatives that otherwise would not have been possible” James Morris, President Oceania Table Tennis Federation
CONTINENTAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Representatives from all six continents involved in development met in Rio de Janeiro
(Photos: Rémy Gros)