Join our various online events and celebrate the power of peace-making using table tennis!
In line with the biennial celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy, the 2022 World Table Tennis Day focuses on using table tennis for peace-making and conflict resolutions. Our interactive events including expert talks with table tennis celebrity Adam Bobrow, panel discussions featuring star player Kanak Jha, Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu, home workouts, and celebration events around the globe will guarantee an exciting day full of fun and inspiration on the table tennis for diplomacy.
Round of 16
GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan/BATRA Manika v JHA Kanak/WANG Manyu
China/Qatar v Korea Republic/DPR Korea
JEON Jihee / YANG Haeun v SUH Hyowon / KIM Song I
Moderator: HRH Princess Zeina RASHID of Jordan
On the 40th anniversary of the Ping Pong Diplomacy, table tennis has once again made history in Qatar Peace & Sport Cup 2011. By playing together as doubles teams, the athletes have paved the way to ease political tensions, unite nations and promote peace.
Such historical events should be remembered and celebrated, and who would be better to pass down the stories than those who participated? In this get-together, the table tennis community would love to hear your thoughts about Qatar Peace & Sport Cup, and what it was like to be a part of a new Ping Pong Diplomacy legacy.
Peace is more than the absence of war. It's rooted in respectful interaction with one another which is derived from mutual understanding and acceptance.
In our increasingly diverse world, individuals must educate themselves about unconscious bias and discrimination, and how this may manifest in their daily interactions with the people around them to prevent potential tension and conflicts. This webinar looks to increase participants’ awareness of exclusion and bias, and how they reflect in every area of our lives. The participants will also learn how to talk to others, including children, about race and diversity.
Dr. J Simon Rofe
Dr. Lars Bo Kaspersen
This year on World Table Tennis Day, the ITTF Foundation would like to draw attention to the power of sport in peace-making.
Not all conflict is national in scale. Many communities face more localized tensions and conflicts arising between different political ideologies, ethno-cultural groups, long-time residents and immigrants. While these may, or may not, involve into violence, they tear apart communities, foster distrust, and potentially jeopardise the collaboration needed to advance development initiatives.
The table tennis community would like to hear your thoughts, on how sport can help to build friendship, create dialogues, and make peace.
It is only human nature to fear the unknown and unfamiliar. People migrate every day in our increasingly diverse world and fleeing from one's homeland is, unfortunately, one of the most unsettling reasons behind the migration.
In this session, the participants will hear the true story of a refugee. Heleena Kakar, President of the Afghanistan Table Tennis Federation, who fled Afghanistan in 2021 will share with the audience the challenges and obstacles she faces before, during and after her journey from Afghanistan to the U.S. While Corinna Klinger, an expert in psychosocial training for refugees and host communities will share her point of few on how one can support the refugees and create a more inclusive, welcoming society for migrants.
Many of us know Ping Pong Diplomacy as the USA-China table tennis exchange in 1971 and 1972. Table tennis has since then become one of the very first sports to have a direct impact on diplomatic affairs, breaking the ice between nations, creating dialogues and making peace.
All this was 50 years ago. A new history has been made in Houston. Lin Gaoyuan, Lily Zhang, Wang Manyu and Kanak Jha joined forces at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals in the Mixed Doubles.
Join this live session and find out what it was like for the players to play together.
USA/Russia v Korea Republic/DPR Korea
HARIMOTO Tomokazu/HAYATA Hina v LIN Gaoyuan/ZHANG Lily