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Table tennis: Plea to China to boost sport's appeal as long-term boss steps aside

Published on Apr 30, 2014 11:24 PM
 
International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) president Adham Sharara (left) and deputy president Thomas Weikert (right) attend a press conference at the 2014 World Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo on April 30, 2014. Long-term table tennis boss Sharara urged dominant China to help challengers make the sport more competitive as he was elected to a newly created role as the sport's chairman on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Long-term table tennis boss Adham Sharara urged dominant China to help challengers make the sport more competitive as he was elected to a newly created role as the sport's chairman on Wednesday.

Sharara, voted chairman after 15 years as president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), called for "five or six years" of Chinese goodwill to boost the sport's appeal.

"As president I have to be completely neutral," the 61-year-old said in an interview at the world team championships in Tokyo, where the vote was held at an AGM.

"I have to respect the tremendous effort the Chinese have made to be as strong as they are.

 
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