Parvin Nangonzi during Table Tennis action


Field projects in Uganda, Kenya, Iran, Indonesia and Nepal showed commitment and dedication to promote social change in their respective communities.

In 2022, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Foundation continued with their mission of using Table Tennis to deliver positive social change world-wide, Uganda inclusive.

Uganda is among the beneficiaries of the Dream Building Fund, sponsored by the ITTF.

Field projects in Uganda, Kenya, Iran, Indonesia and Nepal showed commitment and dedication to promote social change in their respective communities.

The ITTF rolled out new Monitoring and Evaluation framework to ensure that all gender identities, age groups, abilities and disabilities are adequately mainstreamed and represented in these projects.

They also worked to assist the local partners to improve their impact and reach effectiveness.

The new partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German International Development Cooperation Agency/GIZ) resulted in the delivery of the TT4D capacity-building workshops in the Western Balkan region, Iran and Uganda.

Table Tennis youngsters show off their certificates after the Hope Week Table Tennis Tournament at Elite High School, Bwebajja

ITTF will continue strengthening the local partners’ skills to mainstream TT4D approaches in all initiatives aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda.  The most heartfelt gratitude to the Governing Board and Board of Trustees for having faith in our work. A big thank you to ITTF Group and all 227 ITTF Member Associations for supporting our programmes and projects. To our trusted partners and sponsors, especially the Foundation for Global Sports Development and GIZ; thanks to our ambassadors, we are fortunate to have you on our team. We look forward to another fantastic year working together to promote solidarity through table tennis.

International Table Tennis Foundation (ITTF) Statement

There were many challenges to progress on equality, justice, peace, and conflict resolutions in some countries and territories.

Perhaps, together with the table tennis family, there was solidarity and resilience to bring the peace-making power of table tennis through the 2022 World Table Tennis Day celebration, themed ‘Peace on the table’.

International Table Tennis Foundation (ITTF) will continue its mission using table tennis to deliver positive social change worldwide and extend the spirit of peace-making, sustainability, and gender equality to all our programmes and projects.

ITTF Statement
Halima Astolo ready to serve off during a Table Tennis game


World Table Tennis Day 2022 was celebrated with 314 physical events in 107 countries and territories, with #PeaceOnTheTable as the central message. 2

2,965 Table Tennis fans were glued on the 24-hour live stream from across the world.

Appreciation is conveyed to the 25 promoters across five continents for their creativity spotlighting the power of sport, particularly table tennis, in building bridges, creating friendships, resolving conflicts and promoting peace among people or different social groups.

The Interact project closed in December with the launch of the Interact Tool-kit, aiming to put the capacity-building framework into action along with peer-to-peer support to mainstream Sport for All.

ITTF has shown commitment to contribute to the INTERACT + project 2023-2025. 

Jemimah Nakawala in action during the Olympics


At the inaugural ITTF Summit held in Amman, Jordan, ITTF launched the Table Tennis Corporate Cup on 5 December 2022.

Seven Jordanian companies joined the Corporate Cup and played in pairs with some of the World’s Top Table Tennis Players. 

Successful Corporate Cup set to replicate in other countries and territories to promote well-being in the workplace while contributing to a noble cause.

Para Table Tennis team being flagged off for the championships in Argentina, South America

Ping Pong Diplomacy:

The ITTF Group commemorated the 2022 World Table Tennis Day with Peace on the Table, marking the second year of the biennial celebration of 50 years of Ping Pong Diplomacy.

The Ping Pong Diplomacy toolkit was one of our key publications on 6th April 2022, aiming to bring conflict resolution tools to the grassroots level. 

Uganda runs the Slums Ping Pong (SPP) project in Nsambya, Kampala city.

Exciting achievements:

The ITTF Parkinson’s World Table Tennis Championships won the Best Sports Governing Body Initiative at Sports Business Awards 2022 and was shortlisted in the Sports Diversity & Inclusion Award.

In addition, the 2021 ITTF Parkinson’s World Table Tennis Championships celebration video was awarded Mention d’Honneur for the Paralympics category.

Another video, Edudrive: Table Tennis Helps Keeping Students at School, attained Mention d’Honneur for Sport & Society – Sport Values Education and Culture in the Sport Movies & TV 2022 – 40th Milano International FICTS Fest.

Table Tennis player Rita Nakhumitsa receives the national flag from President Museveni at Kololo Independence ceremonial grounds, Kampala (Credit: David Isabirye)

Ahead of 2023:

The 2023 World Parkinson’s Championships, along with World Alzheimer’s Championships, will be held in Crete, Greece, in November 2023.

These championships mark the first ever World Table Tennis for Health Festival organized by the ITTF Foundation.

The partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) inspired the ITTF programmes Team to continue this knowledge-sharing activity with all DBF projects across continents in integrating TT4D approaches in their initiatives.

The second TT4D training will take place in January 2023 and include more practical activities.

World Table Tennis Day will be celebrated on 23 April 2023.

The central message of the 2023 World Table Tennis Day will be Sustainability, with the slogan ‘Think Sustainably, Act Now!”

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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