57-Day Countdown to Change in the ITTF's Presidency

By Sheri Cioroslan | July 06, 2014, 5 p.m. (ET)

Day 57, July 6 - Countdown Hijacked!

Adham ShararaToday is day 57 of the countdown. That means 56 more days to go as ITTF president. But that is a known fact by now. What is amazing to me is the commitment made by Sheri Cioroslan to produce 100 articles, interviews, reflections and historical facts, one a day for 100 days. Well, in fact it will now be an adjusted total of 99 days because I have hijacked today’s countdown. To keep the 100 days intact, I ask your indulgence in keeping this article as an integral part of the countdown.

I have done so to give Sheri a much deserved one-day break while she is travelling from the north to the south of the USA, but also to use this opportunity to thank all those that have contributed so far to the this series. Of course there is much more to come, 56 more days to be precise, and many more ITTF officials, staff and volunteers will contribute.

I also want to thank Sheri for this daunting task, and for bringing to the forefront many interesting facts and stories that may not have been common knowledge to all.

Finally, I would like to thank all of those that have contributed to the new planning process of the ITTF, the P5 plan using the DBI method. We have received many ideas, suggestions and proposals on what to do to bring our sport to the top-5 sports in the world, and to make the ITTF one of the top 5 international federations in the world. The motto “Top-5 IN ALL WE DO” is becoming a mind-set for the ITTF leaders, staff and volunteers, and before we know it, we will be setting an even higher goal to achieve. It will take a lot of hard work, discipline and a clear vision to reach our goal, but I am confident it will happen sooner than we expect.

Since I have received many requests to extend the deadline to submit proposals and idea to the P5-DBI plan, as well as to register for the Human Resources Database of DBI, it is with great pleasure that I announce that the deadline has been extended for contributions to the P5 plan to 31 July 2014. This will be the last deadline for everyone for the first draft plan and priorities. However, the DBI system is an open system, and requests for ideas and proposals will be made by the ITTF on a yearly basis, so those that did not contribute this time will have the opportunity to contribute next time.

If you wish your input to be considered for the first draft plan, then send your ideas, proposals and suggestions to: dbip5@ittfmail.com

Do not forget to provide your educational and expertise background, as well as your area of interest within our sport and the ITTF.

Adham Sharara
President