Gilles Er, you’re current this weekend in Maizières-lès-Metz, which hosts the French handisport championships. How do you see this competitors?
“We discover desk tennis, whether or not it’s disabled sports activities, tailored sport or desk tennis, for me, it’s desk tennis. We are a group that comes collectively round the identical exercise. No matter our variations, what brings us collectively is way stronger. The membership worn by Christophe Porte (President of TT Maizières-lès-Metz and of the Grand Est League) is exemplary, as a result of it’s half of a social dimension, with, at the coronary heart of the points, the pleasure of training, of assembly and of sharing. “
What first observation do you make after your election to the presidency of the French Table Tennis Federation?
“I was elected in this period of health crisis and the priority of the FFTT was to manage it. We imagined two avenues: the question of urgency – how to help clubs in difficulty right away – and how we will revive ourselves and get out of the crisis. When I was elected, I had perhaps not appreciated the impact of this crisis on the development of the Federation so strong. Today, we are trying to graft our program on which we were elected with the recovery plan. And we’re trying to make those two things into one new project. “
“We are going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo with a lot of ambitions”
The start of the school year will be crucial …
“It will be capital. I stay optimistic. We are in the course of of getting ready a serious communication plan, help for golf equipment, committees and leagues. I imagine that younger individuals who performed sports activities will proceed to take action. And I will be very attentive to the volunteers. This is finally my concern: will the volunteers, particularly small golf equipment, come again, will they proceed to get entangled? For two years, they’ve lived different experiences, one other means of life, one other rhythm of life. Will they nonetheless wish to spend each night time at the membership? This is my query, it’s a crucial concern. “
Two months before the Tokyo Olympics, the French selections are now known. What are your hopes for these Olympics?
“We are going there with a lot of ambitions. Today, we see the vitality, finally, of high performance table tennis, with the France team, our two daughters. (Jian Nan Yuan and Prithika Pavade) who recently qualified for the TQO in Guimaraes, Portugal. It’s an extraordinary performance that we perhaps weren’t expecting. By men’s team, if the players are united, in shape, we can hope. Simon Gauzy has the potential to go for a medal. Let’s not forget that he was a quarter-finalist at the last world championships. And we also strongly believe in a mixed doubles medal. We know it will be difficult, but we are in a position to have hopes of bringing something back. “