Table tennis first, ITTF first!
After announcing my intention to run for the position of ITTF president, I received tremendous positive responses from the table tennis community and from the world of sports in general, which has encouraged me to formally announce today on this 19th day of January, 2017:
“I am a candidate for the position of ITTF president for the period of 2017-2021.”
The ITTF is one of the best International Federations in the world and one of the two largest, with 222 member national associations. I am very proud to have competed in table tennis as an athlete for almost 40 years, and to have served sport in general through my Federation and the Olympic movement for more than 15 years.
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Who am I?
I am a retired international player, former world number 1 ranked (for 17 months), the silver medallist at the 1993 World Championships (Singles), the European champion in 1994 (Singles), a silver medallist at the 2001 World Championships (Team) and 7-time Olympian. Nowadays I devote my whole life to sport and to table tennis in particular.
Do I have any managerial experience?
Yes, of course! I would not dare to present my candidacy to you if it were not the case. Even when I was a top player, I was always interested in this aspect of the sport.
I was one of the founders of the Club of Table Tennis Professionals in the 1990’s;
I have been an active member of my National Olympic Committee since 2001, serving in various positions up to now, including as a Board member (since 2009) and Chair of the Athletes Commission (since 2013); in 2009 I became a member of the European Olympic Committee (EOC) where I currently serve as Chair of the Athletes’ Commission and am an EOC Board member; I started to work for my Federation in 2010 and became Technical Director in 2012; I also manage my private business myself.
I'm honored to have the full support from the Prime Minister and the Government in my candidacy for the position of ITTF President.