22 Nov 2018

Held at the Brewery in London on Friday 1st June, the ITTF Foundation was recognised as the third best "Sports Governing Initiative" at the Sports Business Awards 2018. The accolade was for World Table Tennis Day, an initiative shortlisted in the category “Best Mass Participation Event”

Now the ITTF Foundation has secured a further international accolade; on Monday 19th November, in the category “Sports and Society”, the video “Presenting the ITTF Foundation” won second prize, gaining the “Mention d’Honneur” at the 36th FICTS Festival in Milan, Italy.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Produced by Dan Jackson, who has previously received similar accolades for his work in his native Australia and in the South African city of Johannesburg, the award was received by Leandro Olvech, ITTF Foundation Director.

“I’m thrilled to receive the “Mention d’Honneur” at the FICTS Film Festival. A filmmaker is only as good as his or her subject matter and the amazing stories provided by the ITTF Foundation’s programmes are centrepiece to this award. It’s been a real privilege to work alongside Leandro and the team at the ITTF Foundation and I look forward to continuing our partnership into the future.” Dan Jackson

A most prestigious award, especially when considered in context; no less than 975 films were submitted in the seven categories, in “Sports and Society” a total of 26 films were shortlisted.


Furthermore, the accolade is a reward for Thomas Weikert, ITTF President and ITTF Foundation President. It is not necessarily the fact that a shining gong can be proudly displayed; it is a reward for faith and belief. It endorses that fact that the concept of which he was a prime instigator, is very much on the right lines and moreover, sets an example to other sporting organisations.

“The ITTF Foundation has started well in its first year! Of course, our function is not to win awards but this kind of international recognition helps us to show the world what we do and where we want to go. I am proud to preside over this noble organization. I look forward to a bright future with lots of new projects coming soon.” Thomas Weikert

Founded in 1983 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee, FICTS (Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs) promotes the values of sport through cinema, film, television and video; 116 countries are members.

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