ITTF Establish Ethics Commission and Confirm Future EventsPhoto: Courtesy of ITTF
The ITTF Board of Directors met in Dusseldorf, Germany for the first time since the ITTF Elections, which was held on 31 May 2017. The Board of Directors is made up of continental representatives, who are tasked to manage the ITTF, together with the Executive Committee between the AGMs. The main decisions made and discussions had by the Board of Directors were:
The Future Events Working Group discussing the future of the World Championships and overall events structure presented their findings so far to the Board of Directors. The Working Group will continue at full speed to prepare some proposals for 2018 for the Board of Directors to decide.
The ITTF Ethics Commission was fully established and approved, and the ITTF Code of Ethics will come into effect on 1 July 2017.
Future editions of the ITTF World Junior Championships were awarded: 2018 - Bendigo, Australia, 2019 - Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand, after both countries put forward very impressive bids. The successful Bendigo bid was driven by ITTF-Oceania, empowered by the new Strategic Investment agreement with the ITTF.
The next three editions of the ITTF World Cadet Challenge were allocated to: 2018 – Tottori, Japan, 2019 – Cetniewo, Poland and 2020 – Bangkok, Thailand.
Commenting on the first Board of Directors meeting after being elected the ITTF President, Thomas WEIKERT stated: "After a hard-fought election campaign, I was very happy to see the ITTF Board of Directors very united, and motivated to work with me and the newly elected Executive Committee to achieve ITTF's goals and drive the sport forward."