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Member Associations - 30 Dec 2013

Hans GIESECKE passes away


It is with great sadness that the death of Hans GIESECKE is announced. He was 81 years old and passed away on Sunday 29th December 2013 following a short period of illness. Recently he fell ill when on holiday in Namibia, he was admitted to a local hospit

It is with great sadness that the death of Hans GIESECKE is announced. He was 81 years old and passed away on Sunday 29th December 2013 following a short period of illness. Recently he fell ill when on holiday in Namibia, he was admitted to a local hospital before being transferred to a hospital in his home town of Bremen.

Hans GIESECKE was one of the long-standing top officials of international and German table tennis sport. With great success, GIESECKE was the Head of the National Police School in Bremen. GIESECKE was elected Honorary Treasurer of the International Table Tennis Federation in 1985, a position he occupied until 1999, the role being entitled Executive Vice President (Finance) from 1995. After 14 years of unstinting service, in 1999 he was elected a Personal Honorary Member of the International Table Tennis Federation and in 2000 was appointed to the ITTF President’s Advisory Council.

In the European Table Tennis Union, GIESECKE was the Chair of the Umpires and Referees Committee from 1972 to 1976.

In Germany, he was the President of the Table Tennis Association of Lower Saxony in 1979, being awarded the accolade of the Honorary President when relinquishing office in 1996 to succeed Walter GRÜNDAHLS as President of the German Table Tennis Association.

It was position he held until 1999, in 2000 he was appropriately made an Honorary Member of the German Table Tennis Association.

Our condolences to his family; Hans GIESECKE is sadly missed.

 

 

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