The beginning. During recent years ITTF has become increasingly involved in “humanitarian projects” under the banner “Breaking Down Barriers with Table Tennis Balls”. These projects have been funded on a case by case basis and have included: ISHRAQ-Girls program in rural Egypt
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New model for 2009-12
Based on main partnerships with global actors and sponsors and then locally with NGOs and national table tennis associations for each project
The current Global Partners
A group of elite sportist gathered by Peace & Sport to get involved
Among them: Sergei Bubka – Dick Fosbury – Cathy Freeman
Christian Karembeu – Helena Sukova - etc
Peter Karlsson – former Table Tennis World Champion joinedthemand was involved in programs in Colombiaand East Timor
Ping Pong Diplomacy (1971)
Ping Pong Diplomacy 2.0 (2011)
ITTF Dream Building with UNOSDP
The ITTF received in late 2009 the Peace and Sport Award at the forum held in Monaco as Best International Sport Federation in thefieldof Sport for Development.
The ITTF was also Short listed candidate for the 2011 Beyond Sport Awards in thecategory:
- SPORT FEDERATION OF THE YEAR
Atthe „Sport Movies and TV“ festival in Milano, the Film „Ishraq“ about a genderequityprogram in rural Egypt wonthe „People´saward“ whilethefilmsoftheprojects „Ping Pong Paz“ in Colombiaand „Ping Pong Ba Dame“ in East Timor wereshortlistedandexhibited.