10 Jun 2019

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) looks forward to working more closely than ever with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as former ITTF-Oceania Executive Director, Christian Holtz, is appointed World Para Sports Managing Director.

In his role at ITTF-Oceania, Holtz oversaw the implementation of the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan and was responsible for the operational and financial management of the organisation. Prior to that, he worked as Table Tennis Australia’s Sport for Development Manager where he designed and implemented the Smash Down Barriers programme, using table tennis to promote social inclusion and provide opportunities to more than 2,500 people with impairments and over 6,000 children living in economically-deprived areas in Oceania and Southeast Asia.

In his role of as World Para Sports Managing Director, Holtz will support the 10 sports currently governed by the IPC in areas concerning governance, audit and finance, sport development and brand & commercialisation.

In light of Holtz’ appointment, the ITTF looks forward to growing its already excellent relations with the IPC and collaborating more closely around the wider Paralympic Movement. The IPC currently acts as the international federation include Para alpine skiing, Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing, Para dance sport, Para ice hockey, Para powerlifting, Para snowboard, Para swimming and Para shooting.

“I am very excited to take on the role of World Para Sports Managing Director. Para sports are at the core of the Paralympic Movement providing athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers with opportunities from community to high performance levels. I look forward to contributing further to the growth of the sports and to support them to achieve their strategic objectives.”

World Para Sports Managing Director, Christian Holtz

“This is an important moment for the IPC and the World Para Sports and we are extremely happy to welcome Christian Holtz to our team, providing significant contributions to our ongoing discussions about new models of sport governance and he will help us achieve the next stage in our business strategy and evolution, where we seek to further develop our brand, commercial, competition and broadcast concepts. I have seen first-hand the excellent work Christian has done at ITTF-Oceania and look forward to him having a similar impact with the World Para Sports. These undoubtedly are exciting times for the World Para Sports and the Paralympic Movement as a whole.”

IPC Interim CEO, Mike Peters

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