Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love AnywaysCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap OperasWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do The ITTF was the first Olympic Sports Federation to recognise Kosovo as a member association in 2003. This paved the way for Kosovo’s recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “Our sport is present in every corner of the world and we must ensure we keep spreading the message: we say NO to racism in any form.” – ITTF CEO, Steve Dainton Table Tennis is played in 226 territories, representing all regions of the world. No matter where you come from, you are part of the table tennis family. Using table tennis as a tool to break down social and economic barriers is indeed at the heart of the ITTF Foundation’s mission. read also:ITTF chief executive proposes getting rid of individual World Championships “Since the creation of the ITTF Foundation in 2018, we have strengthened our specific programmes for refugees. Everyone in the world should have access to the practice of sport.” – ITTF Foundation Director, Leandro Olvech Staying true to its longstanding principles, the ITTF will continue to strive for equality and unity not only within the sport, but in the greater global community as well. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In light of recent global events, the ITTF has reaffirmed this policy articulated by the following message posted across its social media channels: “On our table everyone is equal. It’s time to level the playing field of life.” Through this message, the ITTF recognises its responsibility as an international sports federation to raise its voice, conscious of the significant role that sport plays in society. “Our constitution makes clear the inadmissibility of discrimination against Associations or individuals on racial, political, religious, gender or other grounds. We are fully committed against all forms of discrimination.” – ITTF President, Thomas Weikert Table Tennis has been an inclusive sport since its origins. Men and women competed together at the very first World Championships in 1926. The ITTF professional events offer equal prize money for both men and women. In the field of race discrimination, the first of many victories against apartheid sport occurred in 1956, when the ITTF rescinded the membership of the all-white South African Table Tennis Union (S.A.T.T.U.) and formally recognised the non-racial South African Table Tennis Board (S.A.T.T.B.) as the “sole controlling body” of the sport in South Africa. Loading… International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has always held a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and all forms of discrimination.