International Table Tennis Federation:
Star Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal has become the first player from India to get elected in the Athletes’ Commission of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The online elections took place between 7 to 13 November 2022. 10 athletes were elected for the ITTF Athletes’ Commission for a four-year term from 2022 to 2026. Eight athletes were elected from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, North America, and Oceania region and two were highest-voted para-athletes.
Amongst all elected players Sharath Kamal got the second highest votes after 2012 table tennis World Cup silver medallist Elizabeta Samara of Romania. Sharath Kamal was also recently elected as the member of the Athletes’ Commission of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Sharath has already been selected for Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sports recognition this year. He also received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2019.
International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
- It is the governing body of Table Tennis in the world which was set up in 1926.
- It is responsible for the organization of International Table Tennis tournaments including World Cups.