ITTF President: Table Tennis is Healthy
ITTF President Highlights Healthy State of Table Tennis at WTTC Opening Ceremony
Monday, April 24, 2006
The growing strength of the global table tennis family was the theme of Adham Sharara’s speech at the Opening Ceremony for the 2006 LIEBHERR World Team Table Tennis Championships on Monday 24th April.
The numbers present in Bremen clearly reflect the upsurge in the sport, in terms of participating, a fact that makes the ITTF President, both a happy and proud man.
Increased Television Coverage
It is remarkable progress and Adham Sharara made a plea to those present at the Opening Ceremony. “Help by focusing your eyes on the television screen at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008!” he pleaded. “Lift table tennis into the top three!”
Surely, there is every chance with the event being hosted in China but there’s no room for complacency, pick up the remote control and tune in to the fastest racket game on planet earth.
Immediately prior to the grand finale, a large ball rotated into the arena with a rearranged version of `Magic Ball’ accompanying the spherical object; the song is the anthem of the 2006 LIEBHERR World Table Tennis Championships and was first played seventeen years ago, the occasion, the 40th World Championships in Dortmund, Germany.
However, when the group of attractive female dancers appeared, he changed his mind, typical man did I hear the ladies say?
Anyway, no worries, the venue was ready on time!
Photo: A colourful Opening Ceremony in Bremen
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