A historic step for Africa
A major step forward was made on April 30 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) as a new constitution that will promote good governance and transparency was adopted by over 30 delegates present at the gathering.
Present at the all-important step was ITTF President, Thomas Weikert; ITTF CEO, Steve Dainton; Michael Brown as well as ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy and Executive Council of the continental body.
After several hours of deliberations, the Chairman of Constitution Review Committee, Nigeria’s Olabanji Oladapo urged delegates to vote and they all voted en-masse for the adoption of the new Constitution.
In his remarks, Thomas Weikert pledged for ITTF support to ATTF while urging them to focus on the future of the sport.
“We need to work together for table tennis in the future and I hope we can move the sport forward,’’ he said.
For the CEO, the world body would continue to support the continent while describing the adoption as historic for ITTF while hoping for the best in nearest future.
ITTF Executive President, Alaa Meshref admitted that adoption of the new constitution was vital to ITTF in its drive to promote good governance and transparency in the sport.
“ITTF is extremely happy with this development and it is indeed a step forward for table tennis in Africa.’’
For Khaled El-Salhy, those who ensured the constitution amendment became a reality must be commended as they all worked tireless to improve the lot of table tennis in Africa. ##