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

By Sheri Cioroslan | Aug. 11, 2014, 7 a.m. (ET)

Day 21, August 11 - Cai Zhenhua Commits ATTU to Helping ITTF Achieve P5 Goal 

“I am deeply impressed by Mr. Sharara’s sincere working attitude and outstanding communication skills.” 

How did you get into table tennis? 

When I was a little boy, I was greatly inspired by the story of all the table tennis world champions. I then started to play table tennis and became enthusiastic about it. Through hard training, I managed to join the Chinese national team, and stepped further to win the World Championships. After completing my career as a player, I began to coach, and later became the head coach of the Chinese national team, and led the team to succeed in both the Olympic Games and the World Championships. 

Cai Zhenhua & Lily Yip

Cai Zhenhua and USATT Hall of Fame Player and Coach, Lily Yip

How can the Asian Table Tennis Union help the ITTF achieve its P5 goal: be TOP 5 IN ALL WE DO? 

Asia has always been a major player in world table tennis development. Over the years Asia has produced numerous outstanding players, many of whom have become Olympic gold medalists and world champions. In addition, Asia has also been very active in hosting various kinds of international tournaments, making great contributions to the development of our sport. 

To narrow the gap between countries and regions, the Asian Table Tennis Union has been taking all sorts of measures based on the current conditions in the continent, such as launching development programs, coaches and players training projects, and has achieved considerable progress. 

The ATTU hopes that in the future the ATTU and the ITTF will have active communication and cooperation in these regards, so as to achieve the P5 goal. 

What impact did ITTF President Adham Sharara have on the development of our sport? 

Mr. Sharara has been the President of the ITTF for many years, and being the President of both the Asian Table Tennis Union and the Chinese Table Tennis Association, I happen to have a lot of chances to meet him. In our meetings we always discuss the future development of table tennis. Though we may have different ideas of how to develop our sport, I am deeply impressed by Mr. Sharara’s sincere working attitude and outstanding communication skills. Thanks to his hard work, table tennis has undergone many reforms, and has become a more international, market-oriented, commercial and professional sport.