Original Title: Former National Table Tennis Team Leader Becomes an Honorary Member of ITTF
On the evening of September 28, Beijing time, the ITTF held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) through the Internet. It was announced at the meeting that Yao Zhenxu, the former vice chairman and secretary-general of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, the former leader of the Chinese Table Tennis Team, and the former chairman of the ITTF Technical Committee, became a member of the ITTF Personal Honorary Member.
In his speech, Yao Zhenxu said affectionately, "Ping-pong is my life. At the age of 73, table tennis has accompanied me for 63 years. From child to old age, from amateur to professional, from hobby to professional, from athlete to coach Members to the Chinese Table Tennis Association officials and then ITTF officials. Just like the ITTF slogan for promoting table tennis: Table Tennis. For all. For life." Yao Zhenxu, born in Shanghai in 1947, was selected for the national team at the age of 18. After retiring, he was appointed by the National Sports Commission to serve as a foreign aid. Coach, later served as deputy team leader and team leader of the National Table Tennis Team in 1985. In 1995, Xu Yinsheng nominated Yao Zhenxu as the chairman of the technical committee, starting his career in the ITTF.
"From the 1970s to the present, the China Table Tennis Association has sent more than 600 coaches to more than 100 countries and regions around the world, and I am one of them. The famous'ping pong diplomacy', I shook hands and rejoiced in friendly matches with American athletes. In 1999, the former Yugoslavia was preparing for the 45th World Table Tennis Championships. When the NATO bombing began, I had to leave," Yao Zhenxu said in his speech. Afterwards, he said, "Thank you ITTF for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Seventh World Championship. The organization of the World Championships and the five Olympic Games. Including the 2005 Shanghai World Table Tennis Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which left deep memories for everyone."
As a table tennis "veteran", Yao Zhenxu has witnessed all the award ceremonies and finals after the implementation of the "Flag Raising Song" by the ITTF since 1987; he has witnessed the development of the ITTF from 138 to 226 member associations. Become the largest individual sports association in the world, "Table tennis has given me career, health, enjoyment and honor. I have double happiness when I work in table tennis in China. I will contribute to the promotion of table tennis in the world. Inherit the history and culture of table tennis and continue to work," Yao Zhenxu said finally.
Liu Guoliang, chairman of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, expressed his gratitude to the ITTF and the world table tennis family for their high support and affirmation of Yao Zhenxu and the Chinese Table Tennis Association. "I just saw Yao Xianxian in the field of table tennis. Over the past few years, I have been very touched by the review and photos I took seriously," Liu Guoliang said, "In the future, the Chinese Table Tennis Association will participate more in international affairs and hope to provide more information for everyone. Support and help. The World Table Tennis Professional League has been established. I believe everyone is very excited and excited just like me. The Chinese Table Tennis Association will do its best to promote the development of WTT, and support and help the world table tennis team worldwide. The various member associations of the family make our movement more global."
(Sohu Sports Winston/Text)