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Date : 01 Jun 2019
Seoul, South Korea, June 1, 2019: Ryu Seung-min, 2004 Olympic gold medallist in table tennis, was elected president of the sport’s national governing body on Friday.
In a vote for the top post at the Korea Table Tennis Association, Ryu defeated former women’s national team head coach Yoon Kil-jung 119 to 38.
Ryu, a member of the International Olympic Committee, will step into the vacancy left open by Cho Yang-ho, former Hanjin Group chairman, who passed away in April. Ryu will be at the helm for the rest of Cho’s term which was to run to December 2020. Ryu is the first Olympic medallist to head the Korea Table Tennis Association.
“It’s not going to be easy to do everything perfectly over the next year and seven months. But if I can lay the groundwork little by little, I will be able to build a great future,” said Ryu, who is the last Korean to reach the Olympic podium in table tennis.
Ryu, who won a gold medal at Athens 2004, was elected to the IOC’s Athletes Commission in 2016. The 36-year-old star played an instrumental role in assembling the unified Korean women’s team at the World Table Tennis Championships in Sweden last year.
Last month, Ryu was elected to the executive committee of the International Table Tennis Federation. He is the first Korean to serve on the ITTF’s key decision-making body in 11 years.
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