Muscat – Two senior Oman Table Tennis Association (OTTA) officials have been elected to the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) board at the ATTU Congress in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday.
While OTTA chairman Abdullah Bamakhalif was elected unopposed as a member of the ATTU board, OTTA vice-chairman Sajad Mohammed Baqir was elected, also unopposed, as the ATTU treasurer for the 2021-2025 term.
Qatar’s Khalil al Mohannadi, who is the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) deputy president, was unanimously elected as the ATTU president.
The Qatari becomes the sixth chief of the ATTU. He follows in the footsteps of Japan’s Rizo Kawakami (1972-1974), Hisao Kido (1974-1976) and Atsushi Goto (1976-2001). They were succeeded by China’s Li Furong (2001-2009) and Cai Zhenhua (2009–2021).
South Korea’s Kim Taeksoo and China’s Xu Xin were elected as deputy presidents while Iran’s Afshin Badiee was elected as the secretary-general. All the members of the executive committee were elected unopposed.
The ATTU Congress was held on the sidelines of the 2021 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships with Oman paddlers finishing their campaign on a isappointing note.
Asaad al Raisi, Muhannad al Balushi and Haitham al Mandhari represented Oman in team event and lost by 0-3 margins to Bahrain, Indonesia and Afghanistan respectively. Oman then played for the 25th-28th playoff spots and lost to Kyrgyzstan and Maldives (2-3) respectively to end at the bottom of team competition. A total of 28 teams took part at the meet.
In the men’s doubles, the pair of Raisi and Mandhari lost to Japanese duo and in the singles, Balushi lost to Bangladesh’s Ahmed Muhsten 2-3, Mandhari suffered a 0-3 loss against Jordan’s Hassan al Horani and Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz al Shuelbi beat Raisi 3-0.
Oman’s umpires – Mohammed al Alawi, Al Julanda al Mawali, Hisham al Sibani and Ahmed al Abrawi – officiated matches at the championship.