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Hi <<First Name>>,
 

As you might know from our programme Ping Pong Diplomacy, table tennis can be a powerful communication platform spreading solidarity and reconciliation messages and promoting a peaceful community. Read more about the opportunities your World Table Tennis Day 2020 event can provide for advocating and realizing political matters – because the political environment is more than just playing ping pong between different parties.
 

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A table tennis match – doesn’t matter if it is for fun or competition – can show how much respect a person has for the opponent and the rules. Does the person loose or win in dignity? Upholding sport ideals can foster democratic processes and institutions. Reforming institutions can contribute to their effectiveness, accountability and inclusiveness by basing their policies and actions on human rights and promoting a culture of ethics, integrity and lawfulness. These values can also be supported through role models in table tennis fostering dialogue and social cohesion.
Above this, table tennis can help to rebuild post-conflict societies and strengthen affected communities and individuals by encouraging the respect, protection and implementation of human rights. By providing safe spaces for table tennis activities, victims of war and other health-related trauma can promote the healing process and enables them to regain a sense of security and normality.

Ideas for your WTTD 2020 event

So, the question is now, how you can combine your WTTD event with the political environment. Stakeholders in table tennis – like yourself – can amplify the message of equality and respect for diversity. Get active not only in a matter of playing table tennis, but in a political matter, where is no room for sexism, homophobia and racism! If there is another topical subject e.g. air pollution, which is urgent to discuss and to display in your community: Use it as a label or political slogan for the event! Therefore, you should be well informed, because interested people are going to ask questions. Be aware that some people don’t understand your point of view or simply just have another opinion. But use this for your own experience and knowledge, as well! These kinds of discussions and getting to know other opinions e.g. because they are in another life situation, can get very interesting and motivating.

TIP: Prepare short exhibitions and playful activities to highlight your topic and to let people understand your way of thinking. At the same time, help them to understand your opinion and be open to different input!

Besides this, if you still have in mind our last newsletter focussing on media environment, think about using a hashtag with your message to spread the word and combine it with ours #WorldTableTennisDay, #TT4ALL, #6April and #TT4Environment when you’re celebrating the World Table Tennis Day!

Another or additional way is choosing the right spot for your event to support your desire or concern through table tennis (Please make sure, whether you need a permission or else to get active at this location!). Choose a neighbourhood to promote equal education opportunities and to empower girls and women. Choose a river or a forest to get attention to environmental pollution. Choose a field to get attention to your local, eco-friendly business. Choose a street, where people of different ethnical or social background as well as people with different physical abilities can evolve and feel safe. Choose a club to raise the awareness of an ongoing or possible project for social development through table tennis and so on and so forth. Choose wisely and do it!

Actions speak louder than words!
So do not hesitate to get creative and active!

Sample Case

The WTTD 2016 event we are about to present, was celebrated to commemorate the unprecedented ISIS-attributed terrorist attacks in Ben Guerdane, Tunisia – unprecedented in scale – against civilians and security institutions on 7 March 2016. “Combating terrorism with Table Tennis' Balls” was organized by the Tunisian Table Tennis Federation not only to bring support to the people in this city experiencing this horrible misfortune, but also to honour the father of the young deceased 6-year-old Sarah Mouathak.

Almost 500 people including many children and high school students participated from 12 to 6 pm playful activities and various workshops focussing on the noble aim restoring normal life in a city that is trying to bring healing. With this event, great prospects for development, promotion and extension for table tennis in Tunisia were offered as well as using to high profile opportunity to speak about the need to restore values and hope in this city.

To prepare your event: Relax, take a walk or just play some table tennis, and think about the following questions:

  • What is your message you’d like to spread in your community?
  • Who is your target group?
  • Is there a possibility to invite local politicians or other decision makers?
  • Where is the perfect location to get most attention?
  • What time will suit your event the best to reach your target group?
  • How can you promote your event before it’s taking place?

Read more about the WTTD on our new website or old one, which is still available in 9 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Japanese.

And if you need some material to promote your event, download the WTTD logopack in the language and formats suited to your needs!

We keep on working to include as many languages as possible, but if yours is not included, please send us the translation of …

  • World Table Tennis Day
  • April 6
  • Popular
  • Universal
  • Inclusive
  • Table Tennis for Everyone, Everywhere!

… and we will be happy to include it!

 

You want to join our cause and spread
“Solidarity through Table Tennis” but don’t know where to start?
Your small or big donation could be your first step!

The Team of the World Table Tennis Day wishes you a happy organising. Please feel free to contact us in case of questions, comments or remarks. We will be happy to read you: april6@foundation.ittf.com.
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