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Newly-appointed WTT Council Chair Liu attends webinar with African stakeholders

2020-07-08 14:29:00 Xinhuanet

SINGAPORE, July 8 (Xinhua) -- World Table Tennis (WTT) held a webinar specifically for International Table Tennis Federation Family members located in Africa on Wednesday to fully integrate the region within its plans.

Twenty eight member associations as well as the Africa Table Tennis Federation representatives attended the webinar, which also saw the presence of recently appointed WTT Council Chair Liu Guoliang.

"I am very happy to be talking with you today for the first time as WTT Council Chair. Now thanks to this webinar, we are able to discuss the future development of our sport, and this represents a show of unity among table tennis people all over the world," said Liu, also President of the Chinese Table Tennis Association.

"Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with sports events shut down around the world, this may be the most difficult period in our careers. At this time, it is even more necessary for everyone to unite and focus all their strengths around promoting the return of table tennis events," the Chinese table tennis icon added.

Liu said as an exciting, large-scale project, WTT's future goal is to develop table tennis as one of the world's leading sports.

"Players and fans are at the core of WTT. We hope that, through future WTT events, Africa will have more stars like Quadri Aruna," he commented, adding the organization will pay more attention to its collaborations with Africa in the future.

Liu revealed a preliminary plan of hosting an Olympic warm-up event in China in August, which will be held in full accordance with the Olympic playing system and the most stringent safety measures.

"Now it is my mandate to lead WTT in order to take table tennis to the forefront of the global sports industry."

"Table tennis people are never afraid of hardships and, so as long as we unite all our energies as one, I believe that WTT can lead table tennis to a very bright future indeed," he said. Enditem

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