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Member Associations - 26 Jun 2015

DTTB and Jorg BITZIGEIO go separate ways

Jorg BITZIGEIO: "After almost 10 very intense years in which we have worked successfully together, it is now time for a change"

Jorg BITZIGEIO and the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB) will split up. The 38-year-old National Coach and certified Sports Scientist and the 8th largest Olympic sports federation in Germany terminate their contract on 31 July. The former National Women's Coach recently worked as National Youth Coach at the National German Table Tennis Centre in Düsseldorf and as interim National Junior Girls' Coach. Furthermore, he was in charge for talent scouting and contributed to the national coaches' education and further training.

As part of the ongoing restructuring in the past few months on the coaches sector and strategic planning within the DTTB, association and BITZIGEIO had developed different ideas about future cooperation and about the orientation in the field of competitive sports. Then both sides agreed to go separate ways.

"I regret that Jorg is leaving us, but I think it is good that he now takes on a new challenge," said Heike AHLERT, DTTB Vice President in charge of competitive sports, and added: "These were very successful years. Considering his knowledge and commitment I am sure that he would be a benefit for any new employer. I wish him all the best".

Jorg BITZIGEIO said: "After almost 10 very intense years in which we have worked successfully together, it is now time for a change. I am looking forward to what the future will bring, to new and interesting challenges. Because of my broad education and experience in competitive sports, I could imagine either staying coach or switching to sports management".

BITZIGEIO studied Sports Sciences at renowned German Sport University Cologne and has a major in Economics and Management . From 2006 to 2012, he was National Women's Coach, trained and coached, among others, WU Jiaduo who won the singles' title at the 2009 European Championships, in 2011 Irene IVANCAN was the EC runner-up. At the 2010 World Championships in Moscow his women's team sensationally won bronze, losing only to World Champion Singapore. In 2012, Jorg BITZIGEIO changed his position to become coach of the residential school children at the National German Table Tennis Centre. There he shaped, among others, the talents Nina MITTELHAM and Alena LEMMER who won 5 titles at European Youth Championships.

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