As the table tennis world heads to Amman, Jordan for the upcoming ITTF Summit, participants can take part in six different sessions scheduled for December 4 and 5. The ITTF annual general meeting will be held on December 6, concluding the summit
A welcome session on the afternoon of December 4 will kickstart the summit and introduce everyone to our Jordanian hosts. The next sessions are scheduled as follows:
Session one: Growing the table tennis industry
This panel discussion will focus on the growing professionalization of table tennis worldwide, and how the TBEN is seizing the moment to be part of this movement.
Special attention will be paid to the growth of World Table Tennis as the commercial arm of the ITTF Group, and how the sport has innovated the way it is presented and attracted top athletes to the professional circuit. The panel will also look at the emergence of how athletes have marketed themselves and how their journeys fit into the growth of this industry.
Session Two: Becoming a Leading International Federation
Last year, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations launched a governance review of all member federations, including the ITTF. This session will focus on the results of that governance review and how the ITTF implemented it to improve the federation.
Then the lens will rotate to see how the lessons from that assessment can be applied to member associations around the world to strengthen the links between the good governance of the ITTF and how the sport is governed in all parts of the world. Additional presentations will be made to help MAs strengthen their diversity, equality and inclusion at the national and continental level, and from the ITTF Integrity Unit.
These reforms, coupled with the size and global reach of the ITTF, place the federation in a unique position to lead by example for years to come.
Session Three: The Sport of Table Tennis in 50 Years
This session will discuss the future of table tennis as the federation aims to anticipate how the game will adapt over the next half-century. A key focus of this panel will be how to grow the sport beyond its traditional powerhouses and how new markets can become competitive.
The future of athletes will be dissected and panelists will discuss how support for our athletes comes not just from direct contact, but from the realization that the modern athlete has a greater support system than in the past.
Session four: Sustainability, the only way forward
One of the main pillars for the ITTF as it continues to grow is how to turn change into a lasting legacy. That includes how the federation can reduce its footprint while continuing to move forward.
There will also be discussions about preserving a social legacy that helps connect table tennis to the world in a positive way.
Session Five: Events for Everyone
This session will focus on improvements being made to the events calendar and how to build on the success of World Table Tennis.
The latest ITTF World Championship Finals and World Para Championships will be used as examples of how future events should be organized and how all competitions should aim for that level of quality.
A special look will be taken at the 2022 ITTF Oceania Championships to discuss how thinking outside the box is helping leagues grow and inspiring new venues to be part of this growth.
Attention will also be paid to strengthening data systems and compiling results in all table tennis competitions and professionalising match officials.
Session Six: Home of Table Tennis
Directly following the Events for All session, a short session will take place about a renewed bidding concept and new concepts for bidding. We invite everyone to stay to learn how they can be part of this new venture for the future of table tennis.