Gabor Felegyi appointed interim ITTF Competitions DirectorPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announces that Gabor Felegyi has been appointed Competitions Director on an interim basis and with immediate effect.
As interim Competitions Director, Felegyi's key objective is to deliver the return of ITTF events safely during the remainder of 2020, while working closely with the WTT events team in implementing the new WTT event structure from 2021 onwards.
Felegyi joined the ITTF in September 2019 as ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Project Manager, focusing fully on the future growth of the World Championships. Felegyi has been instrumental in ensuring that the most prestigious event in table tennis history will continue to go from strength to strength with a revamped competition structure coming into place from 2021.
Felegyi has also enjoyed previous experience as Secretary General of the Hungarian Table Tennis Association (HTTA) and Director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), responsible for delivering the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to that, he gained experience in the business and political spheres, working in the government sector in Hungary.
Felegyi takes on the role vacated by Vicky Eleftheriade, who departs after 11 years of loyal service with the ITTF, including the last two years as Competitions Director. Eleftheriade will remain with the ITTF as a consultant on a short-term basis.
"First of all, I would like to thank Vicky (Eleftheriade) for the fantastic job she has done at the ITTF, leaving an extremely well-run Competitions Department. I am honoured to be directing the team on an interim basis and I am excited about what we are setting out to achieve. We are all fully committed to delivering the return of international table tennis events, and to manage this as soon as possible in a safe manner is my top priority," said Gabor Felegyi, interim Competitions Director.
"In recent years, Vicky (Eleftheriade) has built up the Competitions Department into a well-managed, efficiently operated and successful team of hard-working, passionate people, who have ensured our competitions were run at the highest level of integrity and professionalism, leaving a strong legacy for the future. We now welcome Gabor (Felegyi) into his new role and we are confident that, through his rich experiences both in and outside table tennis, the Competitions Department will continue to excel and put on first-in-class events for our athletes and fans," pointed Steve Dainton, ITTF CEO and WTT Director