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    Posted: 03/15/2019 at 1:43pm
https://www.ittf.com/2019/03/15/ittf-executive-committee-statement-former-president-mr-adham-sharara/

The International Table Tennis Federation [ITTF] Executive Committee today confirms the suspension of Mr Adham Sharara, former President and current Honorary President of the ITTF, from all activity within or in connection with the ITTF for four years.

The suspension, which commences immediately, follows ITTF proceedings that found Mr Sharara had breached his fiduciary duties during his terms of office.

The decision to suspend Mr Sharara for inappropriate misconduct was reached following a comprehensive investigation and the Executive Committee conducted the process in full accordance with ITTF’s regulations.

The Executive Committee reached this decision with a heavy heart after reviewing evidence reports, financial records and recommendations, including legal advice prepared by external legal counsel Withers KhattarWong and a report by professional services firm BDO. Actions that have led to this decision include:

  • Conflict of interest during the process of ITTF buying-back its commercial and marketing contracts from TMS International;
  • Interference on the bidding process on a major ITTF equipment contract;
  • Inappropriate use of ITTF funds.

The Executive Committee concluded that the ITTF suffered damage as a result of Mr Sharara’s actions. It has therefore taken this difficult decision in order to protect the integrity of the ITTF and the sport of table tennis.

Mr Sharara was informed of charges made against him and was presented with the relevant evidence. He and his legal team rejected various invitations from the Executive Committee to attend hearings to answer their questions, put forward his defence or attempt to resolve the matter in good faith.

The ITTF Executive Committee’s decision to suspend Mr Sharara has been declared final and it considers the matter concluded.

Terms of Mr Sharara’s suspension as ratified by the ITTF Executive Committee:

During the period of his suspension, Mr Sharara may not participate in any capacity in a competition or activity organised by either the ITTF or any ITTF Member Federation. The suspension also applies to any international/national competition or event authorised by the ITTF or any elite or national-level sporting activity funded by the ITTF.


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We should go back to the 38mm ball and 21 point game.
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Originally posted by jt99sf jt99sf wrote:

We should go back to the 38mm ball and 21 point game.



don't need to go back to 21 point. takes too long
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Oh, what a surprise :))))
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...and since the upgrade he is not on the front page anymore, did we see it coming or something? this is called anticipation and is one of the greatest skills in this game, way to go! mytt.
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no lawsuit to get some funds back?  I am sure this is like Trump's potential pardons.
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Why I'm not surprised at all?

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What a shamerara!
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Originally posted by tom tom wrote:

no lawsuit to get some funds back?

I was thinking that too.  Adham might be thinking "Ok, I'm suspended for four years.  So what, see ya." For financial malfeasance at this level, I would expect prison time.  Maybe this is just the first step.  If it does go to a lawsuit, it would be interesting to know a few basic questions like:

1.  Where would it be? Maybe Canada as that is where he lives?
2.  At this level, there would be co-conspirators.  Some of them might be turned into witness(es) for the plaintiff with a lighter sentence of course.
3.  It is interesting that Adham did not want to attend the ITTF proceedings.  Maybe he will say it is a witch-hunt plain and simple.  I'm sure there are lots of emotions from both sides right now.  But I am genuinely awaiting Adham's statement in response to the allegations.
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<just a theory>
He has already threatened to increase the size of their balls hitting under the belt and they are going to let him get away: he knows plenty of wrong things people in charge now have done in the past and he can retaliate so the 4-year ban is just for ITTF to save face. 
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does anyone know who initiated this investigations and is this person in the same camp as A.S.?
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As expected. It was so obvious that Adam Shalala just made a fortune at our expense

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Originally posted by ChichoFicho ChichoFicho wrote:

As expected. It was so obvious that Adam Shalala just made a fortune at our expense
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tBZvTr1Cp8



Edited by fatt - 03/15/2019 at 6:56pm
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This is where everyone says 'I told you so'. Angry

It enrages me that Sharara got away with this sort of thing for so long, and when eg Stefano Bosi tried to expose it when running for the ITTF Presidency in c. 2013 there was a concerted effort from the Sharara camp to mute him.
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Can we get the frictionless pips back? Please!
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Originally posted by nachalnik nachalnik wrote:

Can we get the frictionless pips back? Please!


Pretty sure that was  Eberhard Schöler, not Adham.

But I have no problem with it returning.
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SWEET LIFE, FREE OF CHARGE ...

Adham still enjoying his lifetime title of Honorary President. He is granted many, many, many amenities, free of charge, SUCH AS prepayed visitation to all the ITTF events, ITTF all MEETINGS INCLUDING..
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I am pretty sure that being suspended means he is not going to enjoy any of those amenities for the next four years.  Maybe that will be the least of his problems.
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Always knew there was something shady with this guy. Good riddance imo...
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HOW MUCH SALARY IS DUE FOR A MAN OCCUPYING PRESIDENTIAL POSITION WITHIN ITTF ?

Just for curiosity, took up some explorations on Internet all around,
Here is my happy find, hidden in murky corner of the worldweb.   The very cherished secrets by ITTF Chief Person.

https://documents.ittf.com/system/files/2018-05/2017_AFS.pdf


Quote It should be noted that within the expenses of 306,767 USD, incurred in relation to the ITTF President,    94,233 USD was paid to Mr. Tomas Weikert as an honorarium (salary statutory) for the services provided.



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Originally posted by igorponger igorponger wrote:

It should be noted that within the expenses of 306,767 USD, incurred in relation to the ITTF President,    94,233 USD was paid to Mr. Tomas Weikert as an honorarium (salary statutory) for the services provided.
You mean the ittf president makes only half of what they do at usatt? those guys need to learn business.


Edited by fatt - 03/17/2019 at 11:16am
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...disturbing The Force he is, as of March 2 2019 after a "special vote" by some stupid minds...it has a potential that will affect Canadian Table Tennis negatively! watch WR disappear...maybe, ITTF will give the boot...most likely



Edited by Charlie Brown - 03/17/2019 at 11:40am
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Originally posted by Charlie Brown Charlie Brown wrote:

...disturbing The Force he is, as of March 2 2019 after a "special vote" by some stupid minds...it has a potential that will affect Canadian Table Tennis negatively! watch WR disappear...maybe, ITTF will give the boot...most likely



Hi, where is that picture coming from? can you share a link to the related info?

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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Hi, where is that picture coming from? can you share a link to the related info?




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This has already been deleted off the site once this thread got noticed...when "shit hits the fan" parents and players should ask their "member council" (they are the ones that had a SECRET vote)...WHY?

This is when they (parents and players) should start fresh and delete all positions and not have them re-enlisted! Start fresh with new policies and  be a part of the process....do NOT be left out ever again!



Edited by Charlie Brown - 03/17/2019 at 5:51pm
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[QUOTE=Charlie Brown]This has already been deleted off the site once this thread got noticed...when "shit hits the fan" parents and players should ask their "member council" (they are the ones that had a SECRET vote)...WHY?

This is when they (parents and players) should start fresh and delete all positions and not have them re-enlisted! Start fresh with new policies and  be a part of the process....do NOT be left out ever again.

Edit, Deleted


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Originally posted by Charlie Brown Charlie Brown wrote:

...disturbing The Force he is, as of March 2 2019 after a "special vote" by some stupid minds...it has a potential that will affect Canadian Table Tennis negatively! watch WR disappear...maybe, ITTF will give the boot...most likely





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Originally posted by igorponger igorponger wrote:

HOW MUCH SALARY IS DUE FOR A MAN OCCUPYING PRESIDENTIAL POSITION WITHIN ITTF ?

Just for curiosity, took up some explorations on Internet all around,
Here is my happy find, hidden in murky corner of the worldweb.   The very cherished secrets by ITTF Chief Person.

https://documents.ittf.com/system/files/2018-05/2017_AFS.pdf


Quote It should be noted that within the expenses of 306,767 USD, incurred in relation to the ITTF President,    94,233 USD was paid to Mr. Tomas Weikert as an honorarium (salary statutory) for the services provided.



nice find!

One small and a little bit off topic remark: so ittf gets 1,2 mln USD for equipment approval fees? Seems somewhat on the big side... What are they doing there? counting atoms?


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I assume Mr Sharara will not be playing in any sanctioned tournaments at this time?
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I see Mr. Sharara still listed as an ITTF Honorary Member:

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