Please help us to support China!

In the true spirit of: “Solidarity through Table Tennis!” -  ITTF not only calls for support to China against Coronavirus but also provides full assistance to Chinese National Team training in Qatar

To provide the best possible support – The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) solicits help with supplying face masks and medical suits to people in China in order to counter the spread of infection.

Currently in China there is a crucial need of face masks and medical suits helping the country to stop spreading the infection. On behalf of the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA), the ITTF Foundation is asking for anyone within the table tennis community who knows how to find suppliers and manufacturers of these much-needed items to help deliver them to the people of China.

If you know any suppliers or know any way at all to get these heavily sought-after items, it would be of great help and support to the country and of course to our close table tennis friends in China. The CTTA is ready and willing to purchase as needed, so they can donate to the affected areas in China.

The needed supplies are:

  1. Medical surgical mask (China’s standard YY0469-2011 or beyond)
  2. Protective face mask for medical use standard (China’s Standard GB19083-2010, American Standard Medical N95 1860 or beyond)
  3. Protective medical suits (China’s standard GB19082-2009 or beyond)
  4. Protective medical goggles

If there is any possibility for you at all, please contact us at the ITTF Foundation. Your help and action in this matter is highly appreciated 🙏 🙏

Furthermore, 29 members of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team have been training at the Aspire Academy Arena in Doha, Qatar for the past week following the conclusion of the 2020 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open in Magdeburg.

Due to the widespread outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus across China, the Chinese National Team has taken the decision to conduct its training camp in Qatar, where its biggest stars are set to participate at the 2020 ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open from 3-8 March.

The Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) has helped to arrange a high-quality training environment for the Chinese team with just a single day’s notice, after receiving confirmation from the Chinese team of their plans. This includes a 15-table set up, the best facilities for physical training, rehabilitation, medical equipment, meals and accommodation.

President of the CTTA, Liu Guoliang has expressed his gratitude to QTTA President and ITTF Deputy President Khalil Al-Mohannadi as well as ITTF CEO Steve Dainton:

“We are very grateful for all the assistance provided to us during this time of difficulty. We didn’t expect that they could prepare the venue, tables and facilities for us within such a short period of time. The tables that we are using for training are those that will be used at the Qatar Open. QTTA has even given us all two thousand balls that they had in storage for us to train. It might be a common situation in China but it’s very heart-warming, especially during this particular period and we really appreciate all this help from our international friends.” – CTTA President, Liu Guoliang

Liu Guoliang also received invitations from ITTF President Thomas Weikert, representing Germany, as well as from the Austrian Table Tennis Association, Japan Table Tennis Association and many more, for the Chinese team to train at their respective training facilities. The Chinese team accepted QTTA’s with the upcoming ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open taking place in Doha and will remain in the country to bolster its preparations for the upcoming 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships to be held in Busan, Korea Republic from 22-29 March.

Personally, witnessing the Chinese team’s training in Qatar, ITTF CEO Steve Dainton was impressed with QTTA’s ability to arrange quickly all the facilities and preparations for the Chinese team’s arrival:

“Everybody worked hard to find a good solution for our friends in China when we knew that the situation had become very difficult. It wasn’t easy in the short time we had, but we did it! It was an amazing job for them to do this in such a short time. It doesn’t matter if it’s China or any other country, when there’s any big disaster or problem, we always try our best to help our brothers and sisters out.” – ITTF CEO, Steve Dainton

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