(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor)
Alongside the hosts, the Chinese shipping company Seamaster has secured the naming rights for forthcoming 2016 ITTF Star Awards and 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals to be held in Doha, Qatar.
The Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF Star Awards will be held on Thursday 8th December; the Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals which be staged from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th December.
“The ITTF is very happy that Seamaster has come on board for our two prestigious end-of-year events”, said Thomas Weikert, ITTF President. “Seamaster is becoming a very valuable partner for the ITTF after also sponsoring the successful Women’s World Cup earlier this year in USA.”
Additional to being the title sponsor at the 2016 ITTF Star Awards, Seamaster is also sponsoring the ITTF Star Point award and Breakthrough Star at the prestigious gathering which celebrates the achievements of the world’s best table tennis players in the past year.
“Being the title sponsor of these massive events is a fantastic opportunity for not only Seamaster to promote its brand internally, but also my other investments, the T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League, Table Tennis X (TTX) and the Monday Club”, explained Frank Ji, the Chair of Seamaster. “I look forward to working with the ITTF to build further opportunities for table tennis business in the future.”
Equally, as with Thomas Weikert, Khalil Al-Mohannadi, President of the Qatar Table Tennis Association and Deputy President of the International Table Tennis Federation, welcomed the support from Seamaster.
“We are thrilled to have such a big company like Seamaster involved with our two events in Doha”, enthused Khalil Al-Mohannadi. “It’s with great pleasure for Qatar that we are able to secure support, and also to secure such high level events with the long term and massive support of our Olympic Committee and government.”
Media accreditation: Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF Star Awards and Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals