Chinese National Table Tennis Team Sponsorship
Dubai has sponsored the Chinese National Table Tennis Team since 2013. Facilitated by Falcon and Associates, the agreement for a city to sponsor a national team represented a world first.
Sport has a unique ability to cut across national boundaries and this sponsorship aims to further connect the people of China and Dubai while also supporting the growth of table tennis in Dubai through Ping Pong Dubai, a community initiative which aims to develop the grassroots game in the emirate.
Table tennis is China’s national sport and the team has an avid following, with more than 100 million people in China alone estimated to watch the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships final every year guaranteeing maximum exposure for Dubai.
The Chinese national team has visited Dubai to contest the 2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals and the 2015 ITTF World Team Classic, as well as the 2016 ATTU Asian Cup.
Mr John Ferguson, Chairman of Falcon and Associates. His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council. Mr Zhenhua Cai, Deputy Minister of the General Administration of Sports, China. Mr FengYan Liu, Director of China Table Tennis and Badminton Administrative Centre of General Administration of Sport, Vice-Chairman of CTTA.
Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, Majd Albalooshi, UAE Table Tennis player and Will Oscroft, Falcon and Associates’ Director of Marketing and Communications joined Liu Xiaonong , Vice President of the CTTA and Chinese Table Tennis stars (left to right) Shiwen Liu, the world No 1 women’s player, Long Ma, the world No 2 men’s player, Jike Zhang, winner of the 2012 London Olympics gold medal and Xiao Xia Li, 2012 London Olympics gold winner at the press conference in Beijing where Dubai renewed its commitment to China and its national sport.