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insidethegames has been told that, when Sharara extended his hand to shake Weikert's immediately after it was announced he had been elected President, the German shouted "you wanted to destroy me" and refused to embrace him.

Weikert did, however, join a standing ovation soon afterwards to mark Sharara's departure as chair.

A process is now beginning to select a replacement.

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The eight chosen vice-presidents out of the 14 contenders were also the exact eight proposed by Weikert.

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So Adham is out. All Adham loyalists are purged. Weikert has absolute power.

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Weikert elected President of International Table Tennis Federation

By Nick Butler at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf

Thomas Weikert has defeated Jean-Michel Saive to be elected President of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) here today.

The German received 118 of 208 votes cast to defeat his Belgian opponent, who received 90, at today's Annual General Meeting (AGM).

It is the first time the 55-year-old has been elected into the role after replacing Adham Sharara as President mid-term in 2014.

The eight chosen vice-presidents out of the 14 contenders were also the exact eight proposed by Weikert.

These, in order of votes received, were Shi Zhihao of China, Petra Sörling of Sweden, Masahiro Maehara of Japan, Nestor Tenca of Argentina, Bruce Burton of Canada, James Morris of New Zealand, Alaa Meshref of Egypt and Khalil Al-Mohannadi of Qatar.

It came after a marathon four hour wait for the votes to be counted.

"I would like to thank my team for all the support they have given me since becoming President," Weikert said afterwards.

"Thank you to all the National Associations for their confidence in me to continue as President.

"I promise to keep giving my best to push the sport to new heights and achieve all my goals stated in my manifesto."

The former German Table Tennis Federation head also reiterated afterwards how he plans to serve just one term in office and will not stand again in 2021.

Saive, however, did not rule out a repeat bid.

"I'm just proud of what I did as you have to have some courage to go against a sitting President," the 47-year-old added to insidethegames.

"Of course I had the feeling it was not really an equal battle, it was a bit like David versus Goliath.

"I think I have showed that athletes can challenge, and we must be supported."

Weikert's administrative experience in comparison with an opponent who has never held an ITTF position was considered key.

Both Presidential candidates had been given 10 minutes to address the floor before voting began via a manual non-electronic system.

A timing system and one-minute warning system ensured they did not overrun.

Weikert, drawn to speak first, gave a polished and well-structured performance in which he emphasised the continuity and stability he promises to bring to the sport.

"I want the ITTF to thrive in modern world," he said.

"This requires strong leadership and experience in the Olympic Movement.

"These are qualities I possess and I will bring continuity and stability.

"My plan is to deliver for table tennis with a clear strategic plan and seven key pillars."

He emphasised how he will prioritise "integrity, good governance and transparency" because "people and media want to trust the sport they watch".

"You can trust me to apply all my international sports and management experience to bring success," he said.

Saive's speech was slightly less structured but was more emotional and passionate as he began with an anecdote about how his mother won a Belgian national title while pregnant with him.

"I have table tennis in my genes," he declared.

He reiterated a pledge to double development funding, work with manufacturers to resolve problems regarding table tennis balls and avoid any competition rule changes for the next three years.

He also emphasised his experience within the Belgian Olympic Committee, the European Olympic Committees - where he is Athletes' Commission chair - and the Association of National Olympic Committees.

The Belgian also switched languages on several occasions.

"I really I hope can be your new ITTF President and that we can do it together," he concluded.

Ultimately, though, the speeches made little difference in a contest full of political games and electioneering.

A row between Weikert and Sharara, who became the first ITTF chair after resigning as President, had been one factor overshadowing proceedings.

The pair used to be close allies but Weikert has repeatedly accused the Canadian of masterminding Saive's campaign in recent weeks.

insidethegames has been told that, when Sharara extended his hand to shake Weikert's immediately after it was announced he had been elected President, the German shouted "you wanted to destroy me" and refused to embrace him.

Weikert did, however, join a standing ovation soon afterwards to mark Sharara's departure as chair.

A process is now beginning to select a replacement.

Sharara chaired all of the AGM today except for the election portion, and there were several occasions when a difference of opinion emerged.

This included whether four countries officially rubber-stamped as ITTF members today - Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Bahamas - could vote in the subsequent elections.

Weikert had said they could not, but Sharara interjected to cite the ITTF constitution and successfully argue how they could, although Cape Verde were the only one of the four to do so as only they had a voting delegates present.

Only 161 countries were represented in person, with the other 47 voters doing so via a pre-determined proxy.

A first meeting of the new ITTF Executive Committee is due to take place on Monday (June 5).

The new panel are all going out for dinner with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach this evening, who is embarking on a "low key" visit to the World Championships here tomorrow.

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insidethegames has been told that, when Sharara extended his hand to shake Weikert's immediately after it was announced he had been elected President, the German shouted "you wanted to destroy me" and refused to embrace him.
Weikert did, however, join a standing ovation soon afterwards to mark Sharara's departure as chair.

Wow, the issues between them must have been really nasty!

Yes I don't get how it could take so long to count the votes, especially since it wasn't close.

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Wow, the issues between them must have been really nasty!

Adham obviously seeking revenge for Weikert betraying him on his TMS scam. Weikert, on the other hand, not handling his big win with class. Who will he lash out at next? IOC? China? Oceania? OOAK? Seems a bit unstable.

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Interesting.
So, he literally shouted "you want to destroy me" and refuse to embrace Sharara? Shouted? Necessary?
Another thing confused me. I thought the four new member countries were brought in by Weikert, why Weikert said no vote rights for them this time but Sharara insisted they should vote?


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This is my favorite forum of TT now. So much juicy info


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haggisv wrote:
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insidethegames has been told that, when Sharara extended his hand to shake Weikert's immediately after it was announced he had been elected President, the German shouted "you wanted to destroy me" and refused to embrace him.
Weikert did, however, join a standing ovation soon afterwards to mark Sharara's departure as chair.

Wow, the issues between them must have been really nasty!

Yes I don't get how it could take so long to count the votes, especially since it wasn't close.


You inspired me... do you think if it's possible Saive actually got more votes but Weikert threatened Sharara then the group of people reached secret agreement and let Weikert takes the crown?


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They were probably arguing about including or excluding various votes on technicalities. Sharara usually argues til he gets his way.

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I think it is safe to say that we have come close to the absolute end of Sharara's poisonous influence on TT.

Now the question is whether the new regime will be an improvement. I will try to keep an open mind, but I have an inherent distrust of all international sports federations because everything about them tends to promote corruption. I also think that TTex is idiotic and that is Weikert's mutant child. But beyond that, we will see how some other key things work out going forward, and MNNB will keep me informed!

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