Petra Sörling wears many hats. Many know her as the Table Tennis player, the Vice-President of the ITTF in charge of finances, the President of the Swedish Table Tennis Federation, a member of the Swedish National Olympic Committee. However, not many know what she does with the rest of her time, and how she finds time for things with meaning. Today we interview her as the Chair of the Sustainability Working Group to understand what this means and why it is important.
The INTERACT Consultation Workshop and partners meeting, hosted in Linz, Austria and online on 28 – 29 June 2021, gathered some 24 International Sport Organisations that shared their Sport for All initiatives and experiences with each other – enabling the INTERACT partners to further define the direction that the project is taking.
Tired of gender-based violence and discriminations, the Community Table Tennis (CTT) project aims to empower at least 240 youngsters to recognise and resist gender inequality in the slums in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Thanks to donors worldwide and the ITTF Group, the TableTennisUnited Fund has ensured the training opportunity for over 50 children in Slovakia. Elsewhere, the world number five junior player Swastika Ghosh recovers from acute financial crisis caused by the pandemic.
On April 6, we celebrated the 7th World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) 2021 with a 24-hour online stream. It was our second WTTD 2021 celebrated online, but the first milestone for the ITTF Group, as we shone the spotlight on gender equality and female empowerment for the first time across our communication and programmes.
Many of us have grown up following a code of conduct based on our gender. For those, traditional gender roles can play such a big part in the decision-making process that it sometimes holds us back from realising our true potential.
During his ten-day fundraising journey across Slovenia, radio host Miha Deželak played alongside national Olympian Table Tennis player Deni Kozul to raise money for children from disadvantaged families in the country.
Encouraging girls to play Table Tennis recently appeared most prominently in Ghana, with the promotion of the 2021 ITTF Foundation FEMpowerment campaign; one of the country’s star players Derek Abrefa decided to take the action to a local school.
The ITTF Group started the TableTennisUnited Fund in 2020 to support the Table Tennis community worldwide through the ordeals that Covid-19 has brought upon us. We have once again witnessed the power of unity spreading across the Atlantic, as the Fund ensures the training continues for players with disabilities in Argentina and Germany during financial draughts caused by the pandemic.