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ITTF Suspended All Events And Frozen Ranking As It’s Senior Staff Take Salary Cut

  • The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rose from their Executive meeting today, the second after the one on 16 March to take some decisions regarding the situation caused by continue uncertainty caused by Covid-19 pandemic and the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The following were the decision reached at the end of the meeting.

  1. Suspension of all currently planned ITTF events and activities that involve international travel until 30 June 2020.
  2. Proposal of new dates for the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships, to be announced in the coming week.
  3. Freezing of ITTF Ranking lists as of March 2020 and further evaluation of all implications related to the postponement of events, travel restrictions and other complications, with scope for further decisions on potentially necessary adjustments.
  4. Adjustments to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games qualification pathways will be worked on after the dates of the Games have been decided.
  5. The ITTF has also been working hard to manage the 2020 finances with the Executive Committee agreeing to reduce their expenses and senior staff offering to take a salary reduction, as the ITTF looks into other areas to save overall costs.

Another follow-up meeting will be held on 15 April 2020 to further evaluate the situation.

There will be a survey going to all athletes for their input to ensure that all decisions fully reflect their opinions.

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