Following the devasting explosion in Beirut on Tuesday 4th August, Lebanon is now experiencing a deepening economic crisis, a rapidly rising cost of living; for thousands of inhabitants, poverty is the outcome. In support, the ITTF Foundation Governing Board called for an extraordinary meeting to decide possible ways of helping the Lebanese Table Tennis Federation in these difficult times.
It was an absolutely different celebration, but as magnificent as in previous years: On 6 April 2020 people from 171 countries and regions were physically distanced, but socially united, to celebrate the World Table Tennis Day 2020!
We were really amazed when a group of US citizens made a generous donation in memory of John Tannehill as part of our pandemic-related TTU fundraising campaign several days ago. On closer inspection, however, it makes a lot of sense. Because John Tannehill has also committed himself to society as a table tennis player away from the table tennis table. And here the circle closes again.
More than four years ago, 11-year-old Yousef was forced to flee Syria with his family. Their journey brought them to Alkmaar in the Netherlands. In the short time he has been here, Yousef has grown into as a positive role model for integration in the community. He plays and coaches table tennis at Ping Pong Alkmaar, speaks Dutch fluently and is always keen to lend a helping hand.
In light of Covid-19 and respective international travel restrictions, the 2020 edition of the ITTF Parkinson’s World Table Tennis Championships had to be postponed until Spring 2021. But to spread some good news: pre-registrations are already open!
The ERF started in 2019 behind the scenes as a pilot project, the Iran Table Tennis Federation is the first supported National Association and now it can be announced. Nevertheless, the outbreak of Covid-19 made us reallocate this funding during 2020 to different affected local communities but we expect to have the ERF open for applications again in 2021.
Since our latest update in May, our local project leaders have been busy. We wish to use this space to share more about their initiatives with you. We encourage you to take a deeper look at the contributions the project leaders are offering their communities.