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PostPosted: 01 Mar 2014, 17:28 
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Sorry if this isn't the right section to post this is, but I couldn't find it elsewhere.

http://tabletennista.com/2013/4/adham-s ... m-corrupt/

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The International Table Tennis Federation or the ITTF is under great controversy after the current President Adham Sharara was accused for serious allegations involving abuse of power and malversation of funds amounting to 20 million US dollars. The plaintiff is the European Table Tennis Union who's current leader is Stefano Bosi, also running for the ITTF Presidency this year.

As the reelection of the ITTF presidency of Adham Sharara is getting nearer, controversies arise saying that the current leader of the ITTF is involved in long-term infringements involving money and power.

Adham Sharara has been with the International Table Tennis Federation since 1989 as he hold the position of ITTF Vice President for North America. It was only in 1999 he became the ITTF President. In his 14 years of service as president, Sharara has been through a number of criticisms and now as he runs for reelection, criticisms has increased to allegations.

At the start of this month, a letter, signed by European Table Tennis Union or ETTU President Stefano Bosi was sent to the leaders of the different continental federations. Such letter exposed some of the accusations against Adham Sharara.

It says: "We found that Adham Sharara has been involved in a long-term and serious breach of the ITTF regulations and ethical standards. It is even possible that he also has civil violations. In particular, he is involved in serious violations on the Olympic charter. In addition, Sharara has established a complex system to aid him and his relatives to seek benefits from the ITTF."

The letter came with a 15-page material that has a detailed information on their allegations against Adham Sharara. It involved abuse of power with the ITTF's international table tennis marketing company, TMS. In addition, there was also an issue of malversation of funds amounting to 20 million US dollars.

With this regard, the Secretary General of the Asian Table Tennis Federation and the President of the Chinese Hong Kong Table Tennis Association Tony Yue said that Sharara has already replied to the allegation and has expressed his willingness to prove his innocence.

"As of now, it is only us who received the mail from the European Table Tennis Union and Sharara has already emailed us about the matter. He said that he will provide a detailed explanation of the material. We are still waiting for it." Tony Yue said.

The ETTU might appear to be confident with their sufficient evidences but Tony Yue said that Sharara is also very confident in his reply. "As of now, it is only the European Table Tennis Federation who has spoken, we still haven't seen the other side of the story so we still maintain a neutral mind. We cannot just simply say who's right or wrong." Tony Yue concluded.

During the upcoming World Championships in Paris, the ITTF plans for a reelection of the president. However, ETTU President Stefano Bosi hopes to replace Adham Sharara as he has already announced his candidature.

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Thanks for the info Chris. Well a lot of people had a feeling about Sahara that smelt fishy and they were right.

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This all flared up early last year, just before the position of ITTF president was up for election. I doubt the accusations were ever investigated by an independent party, but it all went away once Bosi was defeated and Adham won the position for another term.

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Chris, look at the date of the article. Hagggisv is right.


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Sorry I didn't see the date of the article.

I never realised he's been president since 1999!! That's far too long for anyone to be in power for, wouldn't you agree?

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ChrisBuer wrote:
Sorry I didn't see the date of the article.

I never realised he's been president since 1999!! That's far too long for anyone to be in power for, wouldn't you agree?


For most of those in power, I agree fully. Sharara falls within this category.


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Basically, prior to the ITTF election Bosi made some allegations against Sharara, who flatly denied them.

Bosi then compiled a list of specific questions for Sharara to answer dealing with missing ITTF funds, Adham's secret role in TMS, questionable expenditures to companies owned by Adham, etc.

Adham then clammed up. Refused to answer the questions, blocked Bosi from utilizing the ITTF website to get his message out, and moved to silence Bosi from addressing the AGM.

The coverup worked as only 53 associations voted for Bosi and 149 associations overlooked Sharara's abuses of power and possible crimes and voted for four more years of ITTF corruption.

In the end, Sharara never did answer Bosi's questions. At this point, it's apparent that he never will.

Seems crime does pay in the ITTF.

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Its simply astounding that all of this has simply been "swept under the rug"! :punch:

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RebornTTEvnglist wrote:
Its simply astounding that all of this has simply been "swept under the rug"! :punch:


such is the world where power rules and the majority fall asleep and grow indifferent or stay unaware

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Why doesn't the media report stuff like this?

It obviously concerns an international organization and major players, so why not publicize these legitimate concerns through the appropriate channels? Who needs proof when you have allegations these days? This stuff sounds a lot better AND CREDIBLE than a lot of the garbage that is already in the papers and at the very least it will get buried in the back pages beside the sunshine girl...

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Why doesn't the media report stuff like this?

It obviously concerns an international organization and major players, so why not publicize these legitimate concerns through the appropriate channels? Who needs proof when you have allegations these days? This stuff sounds a lot better AND CREDIBLE than a lot of the garbage that is already in the papers and at the very least it will get buried in the back pages beside the sunshine girl...
there must be some legal method?

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Not sure about the law or the legal aspects but this is makes an interesting piece of news...is it slanderous just to blow the whistle, or even voice an opinion these days???? I don't know... maybe it's just the image of the sport, but surely some sports reporter would be willing to at least listen to the story... we hear about scandals all the time in private industry so why not tt...

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