On behalf of TTCAN’s Board of Directors, I would like to update you on TTCAN’s activities and changes due to the COVID-19 virus.
- TTCAN posts every 2 days the COVID-19 Advisory for sport, as provided by the sports medicine group led by Own the Podium (OTP), which also includes the medical experts from the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC).
- All table tennis athletes competing or training abroad were asked to come home. Jeremy Hazin returned from Oman after competing in the Oman Open; Matthew Lehmann came back from Czech Republic where he plays for a club and after competing in the Polish Open; and Mo Zhang is currently on her way home to Vancouver from her club in Denmark. All other table tennis athletes were already home before the advisory was issued.
- TTCAN has accepted the request from the BCTTA to postpone the Canadian Championships (Senior and Junior) to a later date. The original date was in early July 2020. The TTCAN Board will meet on 2 April 2020 (by teleconference) to decide the new dates in cooperation with the BCTTA.
- The Canadian ParaTT Championships scheduled for this weekend in Markham have been postponed due to the closure of the hosting club and due to the advisory. A new date will be decided in due time.
- Each member provincial and territorial association has taken decisions regarding in-province activities based on the advisory of each provincial/territorial government. TTCAN respects and supports all decisions made by our Member Associations.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors of TTCAN will be held by teleconference on 2 April 2020 at which time decisions regarding dates, activities and priorities during these uncertain times will be taken. This includes the date of the Annual General Meeting, which is currently scheduled for mid-June 2020.
In the meantime, the Board and our professional staff take this opportunity to catch up on administrative, structural and planning work that needs to be done.
On behalf of the TTCAN Board of Directors, I request from all our players, coaches, officials and administrators to respect the decisions made by their provincial/territorial associations and to follow the government issued advisories.
Table Tennis Canada