World Desk Tennis Group Comes Collectively to Have a good time World Desk Tennis Day

The Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation (ITTF) is prepared and excited to have fun this 12 months’s World Desk Tennis Day on Sunday 23 April, bringing the world’s desk tennis group collectively below the motto “Suppose sustainably, act now”. World Desk Tennis Day is an annual celebration of the game and its values, encouraging folks from all corners of the world to return collectively and take part in desk tennis whereas celebrating the game’s range and inclusivity. Since its inception in 2015, the main target of World Desk Tennis Day has additionally been on selling necessary values. The ITTF Basis determined this 12 months’s official theme might be sustainability, utilizing World Desk Tennis Day as a car to spotlight the necessity to deal with environmental points and promote sustainable practices.

To mark the event, member associations, organisations, golf equipment, and desk tennis fans from all over the world are set to organise occasions, tournaments, exhibitions, challenges and open-door periods, inspiring everybody to interact with the game. With over 400 registered celebrations throughout greater than 100 nations and territories, this present day will exemplify the facility of desk tennis in uniting folks.

“We’re thrilled to see so many individuals and organisations all over the world pledge their help for World Desk Tennis Day and planning celebrations on 23 April. It’s a day that captures the enjoyment of taking part in desk tennis for enjoyable, bringing folks collectively, focusing much less on competitors and extra on participation and delight whereas exhibiting how desk tennis is a pressure for good on the planet. It is a testomony to the facility of our sport to unite folks and promote optimistic change. This 12 months’s theme for World Desk Tennis Day will construct on the ITTF’s ongoing efforts to additional commit to creating sustainability a key a part of all elements of the game, encouraging desk tennis gamers and followers all over the world to undertake sustainable practices each on and off the desk.” — Petra Sörling, ITTF President

The ITTF Basis can be partnering with all 5 Continental Federations to organise occasions that target sustainability for folks, the planet, and prosperity via the game.

  • African Desk Tennis Federation – Desk Tennis for All occasion, in Egypt
  • Asian Desk Tennis Union – Occasion on Social Integration and Power Conservation, in Qatar
  • European Desk Tennis Union – “Spin In the direction of Sustainability” on the U-21 European Championships, in Bosnia
  • ITTF-Oceania – “Smash Down Obstacles” to scale back social inequality, in Tonga
  • ITTF-Americas – “Desk Tennis for Sustainable Well being and Atmosphere”, in Argentina

Leandro Olvech, ITTF Basis Director, added, “Via the far-reaching energy of desk tennis globally, we are able to promote and contribute to necessary social causes. This 12 months’s concentrate on sustainability additionally reminds us that all of us have a task to play, when it comes to environmental components, and in addition in making certain the legacy of the game and harnessing the facility of our folks to create a wholesome, equitable, and affluent society.”

A World Desk Tennis Day 2022 celebration in Lagos, Nigeria

As a part of the celebration, an entertaining 24-hour livestream programme that includes thrilling desk tennis matches, unique interview periods with star gamers, exercise challenges, panel discussions and highlights from occasions all over the world might be obtainable and viewers can already register and see the complete programme right here. One of many occasions celebrating World Desk Tennis Day is collectively organised by the ITTF Group and the Sports activities Bureau of Macao, the place a desk might be arrange outdoors the enduring Ruins of St Paul’s in Macao, China. The occasion may even characteristic Macao’s youth crew, Para Desk Tennis gamers, and Particular Olympics gamers highlighting inclusivity is a key facet of sustainability because it ensures all folks, no matter their backgrounds, have equal entry to alternatives. In presence of ITTF President Petra Sörling, ITTF Deputy President Liu Guoliang, ITTF Group CEO Steve Dainton in addition to star desk tennis gamers, it’s anticipated to draw a big crowd in celebration of this historic day and guarantees to be a really particular expertise for followers in Macao earlier than they witness the conclusion of the WTT Champions Macao 2023, with the Males’s and Girls’s Singles finals scheduled from 18:00 native time.

That is the primary time World Desk Tennis Day might be celebrated on the 23 April. This new date is important within the lengthy historical past of the federation as it’s the birthdate of Ivor Montagu, organiser of the primary World Desk Tennis Championships in 1926 and the founder and first president of the ITTF. This modification comes at a time when the ITTF is making ready for its centenary. The ITTF is immensely pleased with its historical past, on the lookout for methods to showcase it extra whereas it continues its mission to develop the sport worldwide. The ITTF seems to be ahead to numerous communities from everywhere in the world coming collectively to play desk tennis and unfold the message of unity and togetherness, whereas selling sustainability and inclusivity.  For extra info and the complete listing of activation occasions all over the world, please go to the ITTF Basis web site right here. For images of the occasions, please go to ITTF’s Flickr account.

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