Qatari Table Tennis Association (QTTA) President Khalil Ahmed al-Mohannadi announced yesterday that he would run for president of the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) later this month.
The election will take place during the ATTU congress to be held on the sidelines of the Asian Table Tennis Championships, which will take place from September 28 to October 5 at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall. Al-Mohannadi is also President of Arab Table Tennis Federations and First Vice-President of ATTU and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
“I will compete for the presidency at the Congress which will also elect the vice-president. The Asian Congress will also decide on regional representatives, ”al-Mohannadi said yesterday.
Speaking on the upcoming Asian Table Tennis Championships, al-Mohannadi said hosting the big event again after the 2000 edition was an honor for Qatar. “We are proud to organize the Asian Championships because Qatar is one of the 7 countries that have hosted this event during its 49 years of history. Qatar is the only country in the West Asia region to host this major competition, ”he said.
“Ready to welcome the WTT Star Contender”
Meanwhile, al-Mohannadi said Qatar is ready to host the second edition of the WTT Star Contender series.
More than 70 athletes from around the world will start their campaign from the singles and doubles qualifying rounds, which will take place at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall on Monday and Tuesday.
The winners of the draw will then advance to the main round, which runs from September 22 to 25.
Al-Mohannadi explained that the organizing committee completed all arrangements well in advance, building on the experience gained from organizing the first edition of the event in March earlier this year. .
“We are honored to host the WTT Star Contender for the second time in a row, which strengthens the confidence of the international sports community in Qatar’s organizational capabilities,” he said.
Al-Mohannadi said the health bubble system will be strictly enforced for the tournament with the coordination of officials from the Ministry of Public Health, ITTF and QTTA. He also revealed that the event is only open to players and officials who are fully vaccinated and will undergo the Covid-19 test upon arrival at the airport.
The WTT Star Contender Doha follows the very successful WTT Contender Budapest, the very first WTT event to be held in Europe. Qatar’s third WTT event in 2021 offers 600 points in the ITTF World Table Tennis Ranking and a cash prize of $ 200,000.
The WTT Star Contender events are part of the third level of the WTT series as part of the revamped event structure that WTT, a business and event subsidiary of the ITTF, has created.
Finland’s Benedek Olah and Singaporean Clarence Chew are two of the 47 challengers in the men’s singles qualifying draw.
In the women’s singles qualifying table, French teenager Prithika Pavade, Indian Reeth Tennison and Ukrainian Solomiya Brateyko are among 25 hopeful athletes vying for a place in the main draw.
The Lusail Multipurpose Hall will host the WTT Star Contender Series and Asian Table Tennis Championships over the next fortnight.