Table Tennis: What is the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)?
The International Table Tennis Federation has been in existence since 1926
The International Table Tennis Federation, also known as ITTF, is the governing body for all international table tennis associations. This world-renown governing body was founded in 1926 by nine (9) individuals from the countries of Hungary, India, Austria, Denmark, Wales, England, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Sweden, and is responsible for overseeing many different areas within the international table tennis community. Some areas that the ITTF oversees includes the rules and regulations and technological improvements that pertain to the great game of ping pong.
The International Table Tennis Federation is currently headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and has approximately 222 table tennis associations that it oversees. However, the ITTF also recognizes six (6) continental federations, all of which have their own rules and leadership team. The six continental federations are as follows:
- Africa (51 members)
- Asia (45 members)
- Europe (58 members)
- Latin America (40 members)
- Northern America (4 members)
- Oceania (55 members)
The ITTF is lead by German native Thomas Weirkert. Weirkert, who replaced long-time ITTF Canadian Adham Sharara as President in 2014, is the seventh President of the International Table Tennis Federation since its founding. As ITTF President, Weirkert has expressed that his goal is to expand the ITTF Development Programme, which seeks to expand the great game of table tennis to as many countries and people as possible.
Hopefully, eTableTennis.com has provided you with a great overview of what the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is and why it’s important to the game of ping pong. At eTableTennis.com, we not only provide great information on the hottest table tennis topics and events, but we also have a wide selection of table tennis products for you to choose from. Whether you are looking for a ping pong table for your home, office, or rec-room, or need a new paddle to use during competitions or practice, eTableTennis.com has a wide selection of items for you to choose from. Please view our collections: Table Tennis Tables, Ping Pong Paddles, Ping Pong Balls, and Table Tennis Nets.
As always, if you have any questions regarding any of our table tennis products, or would simply like to inquire about the availability of an item, feel free to contact an eTableTennis.com team member via live-chat or by phone.
- eTableTennis.com staff