GAC Extends Title Sponsorship of ITTF World Tour to 2015
July 29, 2013
Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC Group) has renewed its title sponsorship of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour until 2015 following a new deal with ITTF’s marketing arm, TMS International.
The partnership between the ITTF and GAC Group dates back to 2011, from when GAC Group was the Title Sponsor of the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships, and then the 2012 ITTF World Tour.
General Manager of GAC Group, Mr Zeng Qinghong, commented on the deal: “Table Tennis is a very competitive and intellectual sport, with a strong foundation amongst the public. The World Tour is a top ITTF Event that not only provides a stage for athletes to prove themselves, but is also a platform that promotes international friendship and understanding.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for GAC Group to showcase our company’s brand and culture on the world stage,” added Mr Zeng.
ITTF President Mr Adham Sharara also gave his thanks to GAC Group in his speech, saying: “We are very happy to be here today on this historical day to mark the extension of a long term collaboration between ITTF and GAC Group. We would like to thank GAC Group for their support, and we are sure that this partnership will be beneficial to GAC Group in helping them establish themselves as an international brand.”
“ITTF has a special relationship with the city of Guangzhou,” added Mr Sharara. “Guangzhou has organized many top level events for the ITTF, and both the current and previous Mayors of Guangzhou are very good players. Hence, the ITTF is delighted to have a relationship with a top Guangzhou company and to extend the relationship with Guangzhou city.”
With 11 stops already successfully organized earlier this year, the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour continues next in Brazil, from 8 to 11 August 2013.