Table Tennis in Germany
For more than ninety years the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB) is responsible for table tennis in Germany. With nearly 600,000 active players, the DTTB is well positioned not only in width. Numerous medals at Olympic Games, European and World Championships and the hosting of major international events in germany shows, that the association is successful in professional sports.

German Table Tennis Association

Home of professional and amateur sports

The German Table Tennis Association (DTTB) was established on November 8, 1925 in Berlin and is one of Germany's top sport federations. About 590,000 people play table tennis in 9,300 clubs. Internationally, the DTTB is one of the largest members of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). As an head organization, the DTTB is divided into eight regions, which consist twenty provincial and national associations.

Sporting achievements

Olympic Games: Table tennis is an Olympic competition since 1988. With five participations, Jörg Rosskopf and Timo Boll are the record players in Germany. Rosskopf won silver in Barcelona in 1992 in a double with Steffen Fetzner and bronze in Atlanta in 1996 in singles. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the trio Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Christian Suss won the silver medal in the inaugural team event. Dimitrij Ovtcharov was the German top medalist in London 2012. He won bronze in the individual competition and together with Timo Boll and Bastian Steger also with the team. The same team reapeated this success in Rio 2016. Furthermore, the women won their first medal in Olympic history for the DTTB. In the semifinals they defeated Japan in a dramatic match, before they lost the final against China.

WM: At World Championships, German players have won a total of 50 medals: five gold medals, 17 silvers and 28 bronze medals. The recent success in a World Team Championships were the second place oh the men’s team in Tokyo 2014 and third place for the German women in Moscow 2010. It was Timo Boll, who got the last medal at a Individual World Championship. He won the bronze medal in Rotterdam 2011.

EM: In 34 continental tournaments, there were 108 medals  for the DTTB: 37 gold, 23 silver and 48 bronze medals. The women's team is a seven-time European champion (1962, 1968, 1996, 1998, 2013, 2014.2016), the men have won the long-awaited team title in 2007 for the first time; the golden series tore until 2014 when the team was defeated in the final by the hosts Portugal. Single European champions, there have been four women’s single European champions (1962: Agnes Simon, 1996: Nicole Struse, 2000: Qianhong Gotsch, 2009: Wu Jiaduo) and three in the men's singles (1992: Jörg Rosskopf, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012: Timo Boll, 2013, 2015: Dimtrij Ovtcharov). Boll is also the first player in the European Championship history, which has managed to repeat a triple victory. 2007 in Belgrade he won the triple (single, double and team competition) and in 2008 in St. Petersburg as well. In Schwechat (Austria) 2013, the DTTB reached a total of eight medals (four times gold, two silver, two bronze), a historic result.

International events in Germany

The aim of the association policy DTTB is, to raise the public interest for table tennis by hosting international events. Already six times held the DTTB the World Championships (Berlin 1930, Munich 1969, Bremen 2006, Dortmund 1959, 1989, 2012) and five times the European Championships (Berlin 1962, Duisburg 1978, Stuttgart 1992, Bremen 2000 and Stuttgart 2009). 

The Men's World Cup took place in germany for the first time in October 2010: venue was Magdeburg. In 2014, Dusseldorf hosted the Men’s World Cup. Magdeburg was also twice been the organizer of the World Team Cup. Since their premiere in 1999, the annual German Open are an integral part of the World Tour series and deeply fixed on the german tournament schedule. The Europe Top 12, the European ranking, took nine times place in Germany(Böblingen 1973, Lübeck 1976, Munich in 1980, Hannover 1990, Saarbrücken 2003, Frankfurt / Main 2004 and 2008, Dusseldorf 2009 and 2010).

Promoting table tennis for everyone

Of course, the DTTB cares not only about the competitive sports and large events. A key objective of the association is to attract more young people, volunteers and minorities for the sport. With campaigns like Spiel mit! or the mini-Meisterschaften, children should become enthusiastic for table tennis early. Young Stars promotes young engagement, for example as trainer or referee. The campaign One Game. One World. supports integrative associations and clubs. These campaigns are only exemplary. Moreover, there is a wide range of actions to bring more people to the table tennis table.

DTTB Executive Board 

President: Michael Geiger
Honorary President: Hans Wilhelm Gäb

Vice Presidents: Finance: Hans-Jürgen Hackenberg
Competitive Sports: Heike Ahlert
Youth Sports: Jürgen Ahlert
Sports Development: Arne Klindt
General Secretary: Matthias Vatheuer
Sports Director: Richard Prause
Honorary Member of the Executive Committee: Hans Giesecke †

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