Former President of the International Table Tennis Federation-Oceania and President of the Fiji Table Tennis Association, Anthony Ho, has passed away.
Ho who was born on Thursday, November 24, 1960, died on the morning of Thursday, July 29, 2021, at the age of 60.
From his teenage years, Ho devoted himself to table tennis and it was only recently that his efforts were recognized.
“In 2004, Mr. Ho became President of the Fiji Table Tennis Association and a member of the Oceania Table Tennis Management Committee; shortly thereafter, in 2005, he was elected a member of the ITTF Board of Directors, ”said a statement issued by the ITTF.
Later, following the election of JamesMorris as Executive Vice President of ITTF in 2017, Mr. Ho, as Vice President, was appointed President of ITTF-Oceania.
He was then elected President at the ITTF-Oceania Annual General Meeting in August 2020 for a further four-year term. In particular, he enjoyed a successful playing career, winning 10 national titles in men’s singles and at the international level, he participated in the Pacific Games, the Oceania Championships and the 1991 World Championships.
Just under a year ago, in October 2020, during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fiji’s independence, he was one of 30 recipients of the Independence Medal.
The award has been presented to individuals who have had an impact on the socio-economic progress and exclusivity of the community since Fiji’s independence in 1970. It received the award from the hands of President Jioji Konrote.
Icon of table tennis, Ho has contributed to the development of the sport for decades, he will be sadly missed, our sincere condolences to his family and friends and may he rest in eternal peace.