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

By Sheri Cioroslan | Aug. 16, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Day 16, August 16 - Oceania’s Continental President, James Morris, Shares “Top 5” Ideas

“These monumental moves took courage.” 

James MorrisHow did you get into table tennis?

I started playing table tennis at about 8 years of age.

I lived on a farm in rural New Zealand and sport was an important social activity in those times.

We had a table tennis table in our home and my mother was a keen player. 

How can the Oceania TTF help the ITTF be in the Top 5 IFs in the world, and TT to be in the Top 5 in sports?

I think Oceania with 24 national associations must focus on making our affiliated Associations much stronger, including with good governance and capabilities.

With this approach I think the fruits will be seen across the board with a good strategic direction and stronger relationships with NOC’s, which will help achieve a top 5 rating.

Gaining sponsors to showcase our sport on TV in Oceania.

Continue to lobby NOC’s to allow athletes who have qualified through the ITTF selection process to play at the Olympics.

Continue to be committed to allow our players and coaches to attend ITTF events. 

What impact has ITTF President Adham Sharara had on the development of our sport?

Adham played a part in changing the dynamics of the game from 21 points to 11. Also increasing the ball size by 2mm. These monumental moves took courage.

But more importantly Adham embraced a Global Development Programme, particularly for juniors, which gave 3rd world continents the opportunity to tap into resources and expert knowledge and also to feel part of the ITTF family which I think is his greatest legacy.