Jos van de Vegt - the CEO of Ahoy - is glad that the World Championships will be in the Ahoy. In 2011 Ahoy will meet the latest requirements for the public, business partners and players, at the same time offering excellent hospitality accommodation.
The chairman of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Adham Shahara, is pleased with the world Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam. The organization has started in good time and is professional in set-up. He draws attention to the fact that the event offers great exposure to partners, particularly in China. He hopes that companies will quickly link themselves to the event.
Jochum Haakma - NCH/TMF Group - indicates that something great has happened and is still going on in China. He sees a revival in China that will continue in the coming years. Where the western world is experiencing a crisis at the moment, China is still in a growth phase. He anticipates that, in 2030, China will be the greatest economic power in the world. It is better for us to be on the scene than to criticize it. And there is no better way to achieve this than via Sport.
On Thursday 29 October 2009 the network event: "Join the table in Sports & Business" will take place in Ahoy Rotterdam from 15.30 - 19.00 hours, being the kick-off of the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships. The program consists of various short presentations and interviews concerning the item "sports & business" as well as plenty of time to meet with the other people present.
Bettine Vriesekoop, best table-tennis player of the Netherlands ever and NRC's correspondent in Beijing for the last three years will conduct the network event and interview various sports and business representatives, such as:
Adham Sharara, president International Table Tennis Federation
Jos van der Vegt, chairman Chamber of Commerce Rotterdam and concurrently CEO Ahoy Rotterdam
Jochum Haakma, director Group Business Development TMF Group B.V. and concurrently chairman of the Board of the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH)
Bob van Oosterhout, owner of sport marketing agency Triple Double
Table tennis is one of the most popular sports in Asia and in China in particular. For that reason the Chinese Television Broadcaster CCTV has already signed a contract with the International Table Tennis Federation to broadcast the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships in China. It is expected that more than 250 million Chinese people will watch one or more games during the WTTC. In addition, also other Asian television channels will broadcast the WTTC extensively. Given the enormous popularity of the table tennis sport on television in Asia, our speakers will set out why the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam might be interesting to relate sports and business.
The theme of this 2011 WTTC is "Join the table", referring to our invitation to all top athletes, the fans who will be able to meet their champions in Rotterdam and the aim to let as many people and companies as possible participate in all kinds of events organised in the scope of the World Table Tennis Championships.