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Very interesting article on Bosi's detailed allegations against Sharara:

http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2013-04-23/07596533467.shtml

I don't have time to translate it word by word (perhaps some forum members here will? Smile).
 
Basically the article says Adham Sharara told everyone he resigned from TMS in 2005, but the Canadian government showed Bosi's investigating team in 2013 that Adham still signed TMS's official documents from 2010 to 2012.  Bosi also said Adham and his wife own Gladstone, a sports center in Ottawa, Canada that also houses ITTF and TMS headquarters since 2010.  Bosi's team could not find out exactly who paid for the renovation prior to ITTF and TMS moving in.  ITTF pays Gladstone $66419 a year in rent (not including TMS, as its rent is not reported).  Bosi also found out that Adham and his wife had numerous questionable real estate dealings involving ITTF and TMS that don't match numbers reported.  Subsequent explanations by Adham gave Bosi different numbers each time.


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Yes, it is very interesting. However, is it illegal? Also, why did Bosi wait till a week before election to bring up these allegations? Sadly, it looks like same old political strategy is at work. 

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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

Yes, it is very interesting. However, is it illegal? Also, why did Bosi wait till a week before election to bring up these allegations? Sadly, it looks like same old political strategy is at work. 


If they're true, then its the perfect time to bring it up.
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Originally posted by cmetsbeltran15 cmetsbeltran15 wrote:


Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

Yes, it is very interesting. However, is it illegal? Also, why did Bosi wait till a week before election to bring up these allegations? Sadly, it looks like same old political strategy is at work. 

If they're true, then its the perfect time to bring it up.


Not really. If they are true, and his interest is with the sport/ITTF, then the perfect time to bring it up would be when he found out. Bringing it up now only shows that his interest is to become the new President of the ITT.
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Originally posted by Speedplay Speedplay wrote:

Originally posted by cmetsbeltran15 cmetsbeltran15 wrote:


Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

Yes, it is very interesting. However, is it illegal? Also, why did Bosi wait till a week before election to bring up these allegations? Sadly, it looks like same old political strategy is at work. 

If they're true, then its the perfect time to bring it up.


Not really. If they are true, and his interest is with the sport/ITTF, then the perfect time to bring it up would be when he found out. Bringing it up now only shows that his interest is to become the new President of the ITT.
My feelings exactly! I am actually starting to lean towards getting rid of all sports organizations - as I don't think corruption can be prevented.
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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

Yes, it is very interesting. However, is it illegal? Also, why did Bosi wait till a week before election to bring up these allegations? Sadly, it looks like same old political strategy is at work. 



This is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on Adham's shady dealings:  To get maximum exposure.  Without Bosi's ambition to challenge Adham's presidency we would not have known these dubious dealings.


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Read the article before commenting please.  Bosi's team found out there was one case where Adham and his wife's company sold some real estate on ITTF's behalf and officially under-reported the sales amount by $250,000.  The $250,000 simply disappeared.


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Of course Bosi is using this to help a possible push for election. But regardless of motive, I'm glad that this is coming out into the open. Whichever way it goes, complete clarity on Adham's dealings is needed, or he should go.
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Originally posted by roundrobin roundrobin wrote:

Very interesting article on Bosi's detailed allegations against Sharara:

http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2013-04-23/07596533467.shtml

I don't have time to translate it word by word (perhaps some forum members here will? Smile).
 
Basically the article says Adham Sharara told everyone he resigned from TMS in 2005, but the Canadian government showed Bosi's investigating team in 2013 that Adham still signed TMS's official documents from 2010 to 2012.  Bosi also said Adham and his wife own Gladstone, a sports center in Ottawa, Canada that also houses ITTF and TMS headquarters since 2010.  Bosi's team could not find out exactly who paid for the renovation prior to ITTF and TMS moving in.  ITTF pays Gladstone $66419 a year in rent (not including TMS, as its rent is not reported).  Bosi also found out that Adham and his wife had numerous questionable real estate dealings involving ITTF and TMS that don't match numbers reported.  Subsequent explanations by Adham gave Bosi different numbers each time.
Thank you for this summary, it's quite informative.

Does anyone have the time (and the knowledge) to translate the full article ? I'm sure it would be greatly appreciated by all non-chinese speaker (I for one, would love to read that one).
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Expose Shalala intended campaign Pinglian President strongest challenger often sing a different tune
2013 04 23, 07:59   News Morning News I have something to say ( 6 people involved)
  Morning News reporters Huang Yanzeng and He Baodao

  Table Tennis [microblogging] had been in the reform to the forefront of Sharara ITTF President has recently experienced an unprecedented crisis of confidence. Earlier this month, a by European Pinglian main席斯戴法诺Bossi signed messages appear in the mailbox of the members of the ITTF Executive Committee.

  E-mail disclosed Sharara during the reign of 14 years of the President of the ITTF exist suspected of involvement in improper competition in the market, the e-mail also attached a 15-page report, Secret Shalala suspected violations, the amount involved more than 20 million U.S. dollars.

  President of the European Table Tennis Federation mail muckraking

  Bossi strongly worded message said: "According to our own carefully collected information and analysis of the information at our disposal, we found Adam Mr. Sharara, ITTF President, there is a long-term, a serious breach of the ITTF regulations and ethical standards, and may even violations of civil and company law. especially is that he has a serious violation of the Olympic Charter. "

  Letter suggested by European Pinglian legal team sent emails, said: "Shalala established a complex system to help him and his relatives to seek benefits from the ITTF body."

  The e-mail also attached a survey about the the ITTF President institutions and engaged in commercial activities and legal opinions as well as civil and criminal ", which listed in detail all these years with his wife in Shalala Business in Canada the activities of some doubt. ITTF registered in Canada in 2001, a company called TMS table tennis international marketing company, the manager of the company has always been Shalala, a lot of the financial transactions between the company and the ITTF. Shalala in 2005 publicly committed to no longer hold any position, but the data show that he is still the main person in charge of the company.

  According to the contents of the e-mail listed, these financial transactions more than $ 20 million in funds doubt. It is understood that the European Table Tennis Federation according to the evidence with Shalala had several exchanges, which not only did not tell the truth, but took a tough stance. "Two of my colleagues once in March 13 Shalala Frankfurt exchange, hoping to understand the seriousness of this problem, but Shalala not only do not match, but took a tough stance, he immediately embarked on an intense debate, and threatens every individual behind the conspiracy (which may be discovered). "

  During the talks, the European Table Tennis Federation officials twice asked Shalala as TMS is still in charge, who has denied Bossi said. "However, according to the view of the report of the Government of Canada in 2013, Shalala is still the main person in charge of the TMS, Mr. Shalala said at the time that this is because the Government of Canada information is not updated Obviously the answer to this question is pale the "Bossi said, followed by the Government of Canada provide further documents show that from 2010 to 2012, Shalala signed the document as TMS president.

  "So it can be seen, Mr. Shalala also served as the the TMS's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of all contracts between TMS and the ITTF and discussion, Shalala both the exercise of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF rights), but also the benefit of TMS. "

  Investigate suspected: Shalala receive the commission

  BSH revealed in the message, in addition to TMS, Shalala, there are two issues has not yet made clear report survey: ITTF Canada has established a number of institutions in the past 10 years, with Shalala relevant. In August 2008, a newly incorporated sports wellness center, has also become one of the points of the report data questioned.

  Called Gladstone Sports and Health Centre registered in Canada, the registrant is Shalala wife and Tucci Lom. The European Pinglian, Shalala is likely to be the people behind the scenes in this transaction.

  The data show that the company purchased in Ottawa Louisa 18th Street on September 3, a construction cost of 1.775 million Canadian dollars (about 1.72 million U.S. dollars). September 2008 to July 2010 on the Gladstone center maintenance. In August 2010, the ITTF at the center established a headquarters, the annual rent of $ 66,419; At the same time, TMS office in the center.

  The report of the European Table Tennis Federation questioned: source of funding for the construction of the Sports and Health Center does not express what is derived from the ITTF or TMS or registered in the hands of private property, could not be confirmed. In addition, the fact that Shalala allegedly own property leased to the ITTF and TMS and profit from.

  In addition, Shalala and his wife are involved in real estate transaction accounts is unclear, it is learned, Shalala recently provided some explanation ITTF in Ottawa real estate transaction data, but each time to explain on a different, leading to grave doubts.

  Between 2001 to July 7, 2005, the ITTF's company mentioned above a number of land and real estate purchase and transfer of these properties from the initial $ 1,447,000, the final sales 263.5 million. Hull estate to the amount of 2.185 million Canadian dollars Riverside real estate for sale and sold 45 million Canadian dollars in 2005, the ITTF income of 200 million Canadian dollars, but ITTF accounts, received only 1,755,000 Canadian dollars, while the remaining $ 245,000 was missing. European Table Tennis Federation's survey also suspected in these intricate property transactions, Shalala couple may receive from the commission.

  Bossi "ulterior motives"

  Of course, Sidaifanuo Bossi is not absolute "Huolei Feng, select the letter of accusation events exposed in such a critical time, his real intention is next ITTF President.

  BSH since 1996 has served as the chairman of the European Table Tennis Federation, the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris in May this year, he will become the ITTF next President of the candidate, and he will also be the current Sharara ITTF President campaign suffered to the most powerful opponents.


  Shalala conducted a number of reforms since 1999 served as the Chairman of the ITTF. But throughout its reform measures are subject to a lot of questions within the ITTF some people believed that he did not change the status of the Chinese table tennis team in the world, but rather the development of the European Table Tennis constantly shrinking, the results better then. But over the years has been a strong opponent to challenge the authority of the Shalala. 2009 World Table Tennis Championships, Shalala in the campaign any suspense to easily overwhelmingly elected. This time the Italian the BSH Deus Ex election ITTF President was seen as the most powerful competitors Shalala encountered in the past 14 years.

  Bossi has undoubtedly been eyeing this position, in public, he and Shalala is not the first time singing a different tune, April 2010, in the ASEM match, BSH had bluntly said that he personally opposed to the ITTF cuts Country / Region IOC Olympic places the proposal, which would reduce the competitive level. Bossi's remark at the time get a lot of support, but this objection has not been finally adopted.

  May 15, Shalala and Bossi will commence during the World Championships in Paris ITTF President to the most intense one campaign. Then, report the effects of the event will undoubtedly be maximized.
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or would Bosi's supporters (I am not one of them) sing instead "Shalalalala go go go"
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I will say ZApenholder's translation services are by far the best on this forum.
It's quite confusing to read the translation above, I am sure Adham Sharah is not a 100% clean in his dealings. I just don't approve of smear campaigns either. 
But I agree with others - term limits might be the way to go. 
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why do those software engines translate "Sharara" into "Shalala" ?
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I love this gem:

"Of course, ... Bossi is not absolute Huolei Feng"


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The one thing about this is that a lot of what is being accused is pretty easy to verify.  Sharara says he stopped running TMS in 2005, so if he was signing documents as TMS president in 2010-2012, that would mean he lied -- and then lied again when he said that the reason he appears as TMS president on Canadian government documents is because the government doesn't update them.  If these documents exist, it is pretty hard to argue.  It also should be easy enough to trace the real estate transactions in Canada. 

The fact is that we have to have international sports federations, as tempting as it is to say they should all disappear.  Somebody has to organize these events that we like to watch on video to marvel at the skill of Ma Long and JO Waldner. 

I know that one can certainly question the timing of all this, and the source, but if it turns out that Bosi really does have the evidence he says he has, then Sharara absolutely needs to step down.  Of course it doesn't mean that Bosi would be any better.  But the fact that he has a motive to do this doesn't mean that he doesn't also have the evidence needed.  I personally doubt he would make allegations like this if he didn't have information readily available at hand. 

The other thing, I hate to say, is that this really does all seem at least plausible from what I have seen of how Sharara operates.     
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Should be a term limit on the ITTF presidency,if not it is basically a dictatorship until a revolution. Sharara could be a good president,but any time some one is in power for too long corruption seems to be the normal.   
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I started another thread on the possible new ITTF Boss - Bosi. I didn't want to hijack this thread.

One question, if Adham Shara did unethical or illegal things - who has oversight over ITTF? Is there a board or independent group that is supposed to take action against these illegal or unethical practices.
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yes; who is (*&^$(&*% watching? and, last but not least, who is *&^%$#@# watching the *&%^$@#$ watchers?
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My guess is that the primary source of money possibly landing one way or another in Sharara's pocket are the equipment rules changes.

I do not believe that any significant amount of money can be earned by real marketing of TT events, because the public interest is very low. So, I guess, it might go like that: first, Sharara and friends change the equipment rules and players worldwide lose a lot of money, trying to find replacements, and manufacturers on the other side earn this money. Second, a part of the money earned by manufacturers this way goes to the ITTF in various forms, like sponsoring, advertizing etc. or direct to Sharara through various channels. Then Sharara operates in such a way that some of the ITTF money land in his pocket.

But, if there had been no equipment rules changes, all that would have been impossible.
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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

I started another thread on the possible new ITTF Boss - Bosi. I didn't want to hijack this thread.

One question, if Adham Shara did unethical or illegal things - who has oversight over ITTF? Is there a board or independent group that is supposed to take action against these illegal or unethical practices.


Absolutely nobody.  International sports federations answer to nobody.  For this reason, many are grotesquely corrupt.  If you spend a few minutes using search terms "international sports federation corruption" you will vast amounts of truly appalling stuff in a remarkably wide range of sports, including a bunch you wouldn't think would be very lucrative.  Among the most corrupt of all are the IOC and FIFA.  And by having headquarters in Switzerland, it is perfectly legal for them to be corrupt owing to certain laws specific to that place and a few others.

If on the other hand it turns out that Sharara in some way violated Canadian laws with his deals, that would be another matter.

By the way, I agree with Mastermind with where the money would most likely be made in TT corruption.


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If the allegations are more or less true, Sharara might try giving Bosi a cut. Might be too late though.
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All I can say is that if the accusations are really true, Sharara should definitely step down. However, given the timing of the release of this message, I think it's purely for the political side of things. What better way to make someone else seem like a bad candidate than to sow distrust and rumours about them? 
Anyways, I hope there will be a full scale investigation of this and not just these claims from both sides. There needs to be an objective investigator who will not take bribes or anything like that so that the true story can come out. 
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Originally posted by bigcutepanda1996 bigcutepanda1996 wrote:

However, given the timing of the release of this message,


The timing can be easily explained otherwise, like Sharara possibly created the impression he would not run for office again, just to win time, but then announced he would.
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Opinion of the German TT Union - "Until President ETTU presents any substantial evidence, DTTB sees no reason to take sides and to comment in detail."Cry
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Some related documents have been published on a German forum. To read them you need to register as a member. http://forum.tt-news.de/showthread.php?p=2416383#post2416383

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Originally posted by bigcutepanda1996 bigcutepanda1996 wrote:

All I can say is that if the accusations are really true, Sharara should definitely step down. However, given the timing of the release of this message, I think it's purely for the political side of things. What better way to make someone else seem like a bad candidate than to sow distrust and rumours about them?


I think that it would be really silly to make these kinds of allegations on no/flimsy evidence for political purposes.

It seems that Sharara and his wife have a fair bit of money so I would be concerned about a meaty lawsuit coming my way if I sprayed random nonsense for political gain.

Disclaimer: I have no idea what is or isn't true in these allegations, all I know is that one party is going to crash and burn from this.
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Originally posted by ttTurkey ttTurkey wrote:

Originally posted by bigcutepanda1996 bigcutepanda1996 wrote:

All I can say is that if the accusations are really true, Sharara should definitely step down. However, given the timing of the release of this message, I think it's purely for the political side of things. What better way to make someone else seem like a bad candidate than to sow distrust and rumours about them?


I think that it would be really silly to make these kinds of allegations on no/flimsy evidence for political purposes.

It seems that Sharara and his wife have a fair bit of money so I would be concerned about a meaty lawsuit coming my way if I sprayed random nonsense for political gain.

Disclaimer: I have no idea what is or isn't true in these allegations, all I know is that one party is going to crash and burn from this.

Very true, I'm sure they have at least some evidence to back up their claims but the questions are do they have any validity, is their evidence enough to win if it comes to a lawsuit, and can Sharara produce evidence that the claims are false. 

Although very unlikely, it is possible Bosi's team may have overlooked anything. 

With that being said, it was released just a little bit before the elections, long enough to have people voting apprehensive about re-electing Sharara. I'm not going to pretend I know too much about politics (not so interested in that...) but it seems it's a possiblity. 
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The files related to Sharara can be downloaded here: http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/63003289/file.html

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Originally posted by Mastermind Mastermind wrote:

Some related documents have been published on a German forum. To read them you need to register as a member. http://forum.tt-news.de/showthread.php?p=2416383#post2416383

This document refers to "we" - who are "we"? I took a quick look and I didn't find any authors listed on the document. Do you know who prepared the document?
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