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Date : 24 Apr 2019
Seoul, Korea, April 24, 2019: The 2004 Olympic men's table tennis champion Ryu Seung-min has been elected to the executive committee of the International Table Tennis Federation, Yonhap News reports.
Ryu, 36, was voted unanimously to the key decision-making body of the ITTF at its Annual Meeting in Budapest on Monday on the sidelines of the world championships. His term as the 11th member of the committee runs through 2024.
Ryu is also an IOC member and a member of the OCA Executive Board in his position as Chairman of the OCA Entourage Committee.
“I am looking forward to serving as the bridge between the ITTF and the Korea Table Tennis Association," Ryu said. "I think there will be so much more I can do to help Korean table tennis."
Ryu said his election carried extra significance with the South Korean city of Busan scheduled to host next year's ITTF world championships.
Ryu added he would try to bring South Korea and North Korea together at next year's world championships.
Ryu said as a table tennis administrator his ultimate goal was to become the president of the ITTF.
"I used to think it'd be difficult to do it," Ryu said. "But now that I've become an IOC member and also made the executive committee at the ITTF I am more confident I can do it."
Ryu said he was inspired by Cho Yang-ho, the late Hanjin Group chairman who also served as KTTA president, to dream bigger.
"When I was about to retire from table tennis Chairman Cho offered me a lot of support so I could become an IOC member," Ryu said.
"He kept telling me to shoot for the presidency at the ITTF and, thanks to him, I started to believe it could be possible."
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