Member Associations

10 Europeans candidates for the ITTF Athletes’ Commission

The list of the 25 candidates for the International Table Tennis Federation’s Athletes’ Commission is unveiled. At the list there are 10 Europeans.

There are 6 athletes from Europe who are candidates for the 8 positions of Athletes, two Europeans in group of four for two positions of Para-Athletes Standings and two candidates in Wheelchair Para-Athletes.

Melissa TAPPER        AUS    Oceania

Stefan FEGERL         AUT    Europe

VEGA MAGAÑA Maria Paulina      CHI     Americas

LIU Shiwen    CHN   Asia

HANFFOU Sarah       CMR   Africa

PRIMORAC Zoran    CRO    Europe

ASSAR Omar             EGY    Africa

DVORAK Galia         ESP     Europe

LOEUILLETTE Stephanie    FRA    Europe

ACHANTA Sharath Kamal   IND     Asia


ABO YAMAN Zaid JOR     Asia

ISHIKAWA Kasumi JPN     Asia

JANG Woo Jin           KOR   Asia

MADRID MANTILLA Marcos        MEX   Americas

RIOS Daniely             PUR    Americas

SAMARA Elizabeta   ROU   Europe

PERSSON Jon            SWE    Europe

LAWSON-GAIZER Fessou TOG    Africa

ZHAO Shuai   CHN   Asia

SEOANE ALCARAZ Alberto          ESP     Europe

MOHAMMADI Fatemeh      IRI      Asia

VAN ZON Kelly        NED    Europe

TAPOLA Aino           FIN     Europe

LUNDBACK Ingela SWE    Europe

According to regulations, campaigning is now open and voting takes place from Monday 7 to Sunday 13 November.

The successful candidates will be announced on Monday 14th November.

A total of 10 places are open for the commission, serving a term of four years, the criteria is as follows:

Eight athletes who have competed in at least one World Championships or World Team Championships since 2014; each continent – Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, Oceania – is eligible for at least one representative. Both genders must be represented.

Two Para athletes, one standing and one wheelchair, who have competed in at least one Para World Championships since 2014. The registration period for wheelchair para-athletes candidates will be extended by one week.

All members of the Athletes’ Commission will be invited to the forthcoming ITTF Summit in December in Amman, Jordan. At the summit, the commission along with IOC Athletes’ Commission member RYU Seung-Min, will elect two chairs to sit on the ITTF Executive Committee. For the first time the two chairs will be one man and one woman to ensure gender parity.

Voting shall be exercised on-line, through the means facilitated to each of the electors directly by the independent voting company, LUMI.

In case of a tie, the candidate from the continent with the lower number of elected candidates will be declared winner.  In case of a further tie, the candidate from the gender with the lower number of elected candidates will be declared winner. If ties cannot be resolved the election committee will open a second round of voting, which will last 3 (three) days, for the purpose of resolving the tie and declare the winner/s.

Full information about the Athletes’ Commission election can be found here.