China's Liu Shiwen elected new ITTF Athletes Commission member

Chinese table tennis veteran Liu Shiwen became a newly elected member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Athletes Commission along with nine others, announced the world's table tennis governing body on Tuesday.

The 10 athletes, two with disabilities, were elected to serve their four-year term from 2022 to 2026, as a total of 283 athletes voted online from November 7 to 13.

Liu, 31, first ranked world number one in the women's singles in 2010 and was inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame in 2016. 

"The Athletes Commission is crucial as it links the athletes and the ITTF, ensuring the athletes' priorities and viewpoints are communicated and represented," said ITTF President Petra Sorling.

"Their ideas and insights will be invaluable for our mission to develop our sport," commented ITTF Group CEO Steve Dainton.

Later in December this year, the 10 new members will join their peers from the Athletes Commission and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes Commission member Ryu Seung-min from South Korea at the ITTF Summit in Amman, Jordan, to elect two chairs to sit on the ITTF Executive Committee.

(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Liu Shiwen in action during the Tokyo 2022 table tennis mixed doubles semifinal in Tokyo, Japan, July 25, 2021. /CFP)

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