World Table Tennis Day
Popular, universal and integrative!
In order to highlight the potential of sport, 6 April was declared the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by the United Nations General Assembly. The adoption of the Day symbolizes the recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence of sports on human rights progress and economic and social development.
In alignment with this dynamic, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has developed the TT FOR ALL program in order to make our sport popular, universal and open to each and everyone.
The term “ALL” refers to the idea of opening our sport to different audiences in terms of age, gender, social status, social or cultural origin. The World Table Tennis Day is therefore part of this international movement launched by the United Nations.
Since 2015, and in partnership with the ITTF, the association Ping Sans Frontières is also involved in the World Table Tennis Day. This event, by promoting the mixing and integration of distant audiences, fits perfectly into the values of PSF.
The goal is to gather around a common event, table tennis enthusiasts but especially people who would not have the opportunity to practice this sport, and thus promote our passion for this sport.
In 2017, 10 events were organized by Ping Sans Frontières and its partners. In Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, Haiti and France, Ping Sans Frontières contributed to these events. These events have been directed towards the disabled (in Burundi, at the Saint-Kizito center, an activity for children with disabilities), towards women (A Villeneuve-sur-Lot, an event mixing table tennis and English for women), disadvantaged young people (in the Cour Chevaleret, Paris 13e), with families (in Gouvieux, a family tournament was organized). Some of them were made in unusual places (on the snow in Serre Chevalier, in partnership with the Sporting Club Levallois).
As in 2016, Ping Sans Frontières was rewarded by the International Federation for its actions carried out within the framework of the World Table Tennis Day in 2017. The next edition will take place on April 6, 2018!