ITTF becomes first international sports federation to have every country on earth as a member
June 8, 2017
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has become the first International Sports Federation to have every country on earth as a member.
The 226-member associations milestone was reached after the induction of Bahamas, Cape Verde, Eritrea and Guinea Bissau, and has been officially approved at the ITTF Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 31 May 2017.
ITTF President Thomas Weikert, who was in Guinea-Bissau to celebrate the founding of the Guinea-Bissau Table Tennis Federation, said: “For the ITTF and for myself, our small associations have been a clear priority for many years, thanks to the dedicated work of the ITTF Development Department.
Our focus must now be the empowerment of our smallest and most recent members, and through our ITTF Marketing Department have secured the support of Seamaster to achieve this.”
Following the official induction into the ITTF, these four new members will receive $25 thousand for technical support from Seamaster, who is the title sponsor of the ITTF World Tour, and $5 thousand equipment support from Stag International, alongside empowerment through coach education and organisational development.
— ITTF World (@ittfworld) June 5, 2017