by Simon Daish
Presidential and Continental Elections
Unopposed Khaled El-Salhy was appointed President of the ITTF’s second largest continental governing body with Henry Djombo (CGO) taking up the position of Deputy President.
“I am highly honoured to be considered for another term in office and I want to thank the congress for their trust and support. We are so ambitious for the future hoping that we can focus on development and marketing of the sport so that we can continue to grow the sport in Africa” – Khaled El-Salhy (President of ITTF Africa).
Five more candidates were elected without opposition: Vice President of Administration: Olabanji Oladapo (NGR), Vice President of Marketing: Hajera Kajee (RSA), Vice President of Finance: Berte Abou Bakary (CIV), Vice President of Media and Public Relations: Monqid Hajji (MAR) and the Vice President Technical: Balla Lo (SEN).
There was one position that required a vote, with Farah Hassan Farah of Djibouti claiming the role of Vice President of Development after gaining 13 votes compared to the five votes which were cast for challenger Lotfi Guerfel (TUN).
Regional and Council Elections
Alongside the continental elections, the regional and council seats were also settled.
Five regional Vice Presidents were selected: Abdennour Kaci (ALG) will be responsible for the Northern Region, Wahid Oshodi (NGR) was appointed for the Western Region, Alfred Bagueka (CMR) is the representative for the Central Region while Andrew Mudibo (KEN) and Joe Carrim (RSA) take charge of the Eastern Region and Southern Region respectively.
Kamel Zaitouni (ALG), Mahmoud Oumar (DJI), Jalal Hariz (LBY), Philippe Hao Thyn Voon (MUS), Abdelrahman El-Sallawi (SDN) and Thomas Kiggundo (UGA) have been appointed as council members.
The ITTF-Africa Executive Council maiden meeting is expected to add two more members.
Commendation for Morocco
There were 18 different countries at the 2016 BGM, and there was a special mention for one of those countries in particular.
Hosts of the 2016 ITTF-Africa Senior Championships, Morocco were praised by the committee for their efforts in staging the competition.