Thomas Weikert has been elected president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The incumbent president was voted in by members of international table tennis’ governing body and won by 118 votes to 90 against Belgian Jean-Michel Saive.
The German was contesting a presidential election for the first time, having initially inherited the position in 2014 when Adham Sahara left the role to become chair and honorary president of the ITTF.
55-year-old Weikert will now embark on his first full four-year term as president of the federation.
“It is a huge honour to have been elected president of ITTF by our global family of table tennis national federations,” said Weikert. “They are my peers and I would like to thank them for the trust they have placed in me today. It has been an intense campaign but I will invest all my energy to grow our sport and make it even more successful.
“It has been a great privilege to serve table tennis as ITTF president since 2014 and my plan is to work in true partnership with the national and continental federations so together we can fuel the development of our sport. With the plans and proposals I have recommended, I believe table tennis will enter an exciting new phase of global growth that sees the creation of more players and fans.
“I am proud of the results that my team and I have achieved since I took office - including helping to make table tennis the first truly global sport with every country in the world now represented by a national federation.
“On the back of these achievements, I believe my team and I can help guide table tennis and the ITTF into an even greater era that maximises commercial and marketing opportunities, harnesses the latest innovations and digital technologies, leads the way in terms of youth-focused sports presentation and sets the benchmark for sports good governance, integrity and transparency.”