Table tennis is an ideal sport to attract people of all ages, irrespective of gender, culture, social background or physical ability. It is a very healthy leisure activity with multiple benefits, both for physical and mental health. At the same time it is fun.
The ITTF FOUNDATION uses these characteristics, not only to promote our sport and its benefits to a broad and different public, also to foster development through the sport; this means using the sport as a method of attracting more people to play and working with them on different topics to improve their daily life.
“Sport can be, and at best is, one of the most beneficial of human activities, part of the promise of peace and brotherhood, which alone can give us optimism for the future of mankind. It is by being open to meet together – as we in the ITTF have always been – without distinction of race, color, politics or creed that we can get to know each other. It is by viewing together under rules, voluntarily accepted, that we can fairly learn to respect each other’s qualities – ability, courage, character – and that in competition, that should always be serious – earnest – but never taken too earnestly – solemnly, for after all it is play.“ (Ivor Montagu, ITTF Founder President – 1973)