ITTF President Initiates Re-Election Campaign

(ATR) The election for ITTF president will be held on May 31 in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

(ATR) In celebration of World Table Tennis Day, ITTF president Thomas Weikert released a manifesto projecting his goals if elected for another three year term.

The election will be held on May 31 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

In Weikert’s campaign manifesto, he vows to bring the federation into a "new phase of global growth" and will seek to build on the successes of his first term in office.

"I am proud of the results that my team and I have achieved since I took office – including helping to make Table Tennis the first truly global sport with every country in the world now represented by a National Association," Weikert says in a statement.

"On the back of these achievements, I believe I am the right person to help guide Table Tennis and the ITTF into an even greater era."

The manifesto entitled "Delivering Value and Growth for Global Table Tennis" features seven key central themes as the focal points of his campaign. Among those themes are maximizing commercial and marketing opportunities,ensuring stability, continuity and positive Olympic/IOC relations andsetting the highest standards of governance, integrity and transparency.

Within the manifesto Weikert also expresses his belief that, with the partnership of Continental and National Associations, the federation will see a growth in not only its athletes but fans as well.

"This is a Manifesto for everyone in Table Tennis and by working in a spirit of true collaboration with Continental and National Associations, I know we can unlock our great potential and secure an even brighter future for global Table Tennis," Weikert concludes.

"If I have the honor of continuing as President, I will invest all my energies to making this happen and taking our sport to the next level of international development and success."

Weikert has two challengers so far. Belgium's Jean-Michel Saive and Qatar's Khalil Al-Mohannadi are also on the ballot for president.

The deadline for national associations to submit nominations for presidential candidates is April 30.

Written by Courtney Colquitt

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