New 2012 table tennis chief

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Richard Scruton has been appointed as the London 2012 Organising Committee's Table Tennis Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The competition takes place at ExCeL in east London, close to the Olympic Park.

Scruton will oversee all aspects of the Table Tennis competition at ExCeL. He will provide a focal point for the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in relation to competition issues whilst ensuring that the competition is organised in accordance with ITTF regulations, the IOC Charter and the Host City Contract. He will also be liaising with other LOCOG functional areas to ensure the coordinated delivery of support services such as accreditation, transport, medical, venue operations and volunteers. Commenting on his appointment, Scruton said: "I am delighted to join the team of London 2012 sport competition managers and look forward to working with the ITTF to deliver outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Table Tennis competitions. In Athens and Beijing I was grateful for the help and advice I received from previous Olympic Table Tennis competition managers. The four table arena at ExCeL will provide a memorable experience for athletes, spectators and volunteers. I look forward to helping showcase the sport that is the largest participation sport in the world and which began in Great Britain. " Richard comes from North Riding in Yorkshire. His first taste of international table tennis was in 1967 at Leeds Town Hall when he watched the English champion Denis Neale beat the legendary German defender Eberhard Scholer. Within a few years he was club and local association secretary, competition administrator and event organiser. He umpired at the 1977 World Championships in Birmingham but refereeing and competition organisation were his main interests. From 1991 he was referee of 25 major international events in Europe and the Commonwealth culminating in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He chaired NGB (English TT Association) committees for 14 years and he will be competition manager for the Commonwealth Championships (Glasgow, May 2009) and for the English Open (Sheffield, October 2009). Scruton went to the Beijing Games to observe the Table Tennis events there and starts his appointment with the London 2012 Organising Committee full time in April 2010. Jordi Serra, Executive Director of the ITTF, said: "The ITTF is very pleased with the appointment of Richard as Competition Manager for Table Tennis for London 2012. He has a lot of experience in our sport. He has been involved in past Olympic Games and we all remember his great work as a Referee of the Table Tennis competitions in Athens 2004. He also has a good knowledge of our Federation and we are very happy to be working with him for the success of the Table Tennis events in London 2012. "Alex Murdoch, Chairman of the British Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) and member of the British Olympic Association, said: "This is an excellent appointment and the sport is fully supportive of Richard. His expertise, knowledge and experience have been gained over many years via his involvement at every level of our sport. He has worked closely with the national and international federations in a number of capacities and we are proud that someone from Great Britain has been appointed to this very important and prestigious role. "Meanwhile, Ann–Louise Morgan has been appointed as the London 2012 Organising Committee's Rowing Manager for the 2012 event. The competition will take place at Eton Dorney in Berkshire. Morgan will oversee all aspects of the Rowing competition at Eton Dorney, which is set against the spectacular backdrop of Windsor Castle. She will provide a focal point for the International Rowing Federation (FISA) in relation to competition issues whilst ensuring that the competition is organised in accordance with FISA regulations, the IOC Charter and the Host City Contract. She will also be liaising with other LOCOG functional areas to ensure the coordinated delivery of support services, such as accreditation, transport, medical, venue operations and volunteers.

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