Doha has been made the new headquarters of Arab Table Tennis Union (ATTU). The decision was taken at its extraordinary general assembly held in the Qatari capital last week.
Qatar Table Tennis Association President Khalil Ahmed Al Mohannadi, who also heads the ATTU, and ITTF President Thomas Weikert were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
The ATTU, comprising members from Africa and Asia, was formed in 1956, with Cairo (Egypt) as the base. Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) was made the headquarters in 1976 and stayed so until this year.
“We discussed marketing initiatives with ITTF chief Thomas Weikert and other officials. It was a positive sign for the sport’s development in the region,” said Al Mohannadi. “We want to build a structure which’ll help the game’s progress in the region.”
“This is the beginning of a new era for the union. We’ll work as a team and execute new plans and programmes to bolster the sport’s growth. We want to create opportunities for a new generation of young players,” added Al Mohannadi.
With the commercial rights under the full control of ITTF, agreements have been signed with regional bodies to promote and market the sport.
“We continue our pledge to help all seek sponsors as well as investors and grow the commercial values of the game’s properties,” said Weikert. DSP