Mrs Sörling is bidding to become the first female president in the federation’s history, standing on a message of solidarity:
“I’m truly honoured to be nominated for this prestigious position and grateful for STTA’s trust. We have reached a point in the ITTF where we need to refocus our efforts to connect with our membership and install a modern style of leadership that will unite the ITTF family once again.” ITTF Executive Vice President of Finance Petra Sörling
Holding a position on the ITTF Executive Committee since 2009, when re-elected as Executive Vice-President in 2013, Mrs Sörling was appointed as EVP of Finance. Mrs Sörling was again re-elected EVP in 2017, and re-confirmed as EVP of Finance that year.
In 2013, Mrs Sörling was appointed acting President of the Swedish Table Tennis Association (STTA) and as CEO for a leading real estate company.
Promoting her vision for the future, Mrs Sörling wants to see the ITTF as a leading role model for all sporting organisations to aspire to, championing unity and co-operation as integral to the federation’s long-term success:
“I am confident that my leadership abilities and background in business would bring value to the ITTF Presidency, but I do not have all the answers. The future success of the ITTF will not be achieved by the President alone.
“I truly believe we can achieve great sustainable footprints and become a sport industry role model for international federations, standing united for prosperity, with our membership and continental bodies.” ITTF Executive Vice President of Finance Petra Sörling
Mrs Sörling’s campaign for ITTF Presidency has been endorsed by the Swedish Table Tennis Association and the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF).