The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has today (Friday) announced that its Executive Committee has suspended Adham Sharara, its former president and current honorary president, from all activity within or in connection with the body for four years.
The suspension is effective immediately and comes after proceedings found Sharara had breached his fiduciary duties while in office. He has been suspended on the grounds of inappropriate misconduct.
The ITTF said its Executive Committee reached the decision with a “heavy heart” after reviewing evidence reports, financial records and recommendations, including legal advice prepared by Withers KhattarWong and a report by professional services firm BDO.
Actions that led to the suspension include a conflict of interest during the process of the ITTF buying back its commercial and marketing contracts from TMS International; interference on the bidding process on a major ITTF equipment contract; and inappropriate use of ITTF funds.
The ITTF said in a statement: “The Executive Committee concluded that the ITTF suffered damage as a result of Mr Sharara’s actions. It has therefore taken this difficult decision in order to protect the integrity of the ITTF and the sport of table tennis.
“Mr Sharara was informed of charges made against him and was presented with the relevant evidence. He and his legal team rejected various invitations from the Executive Committee to attend hearings to answer their questions, put forward his defence or attempt to resolve the matter in good faith.
“The ITTF Executive Committee’s decision to suspend Mr Sharara has been declared final and it considers the matter concluded.”
While he is suspended, Sharara will not be able to participate in any capacity in a competition or activity organised by either the ITTF or any ITTF member federation. The suspension also covers any international or national competition authorised by the ITTF or any elite or national-level activity funded by the ITTF.