Ronald Kramer has been elected as president of the European Table Tennis Union, the sport's continental governing body, replacing the long-serving Stefano Bosi, who resigned in August.
The elected Dutchman, who was unopposed and polled 39 of the 51 votes, vowed to "get this organisation in order," after being voted into office at the ETTU Congress in Schwechat, Austria on Saturday, as part of a major overhaul of the federation's executive board.
During the congress, ETTU deputy president Jean-Francois Khan, who had been acting president since Bosi's exit, vice-president for finances Camille Gonderinger and board member Aleksandar Matkovic all stepped down from their roles.
In their place, Ivo Goran Munivrana was elected as the new deputy president, while Dorte Darfelt is the new vice-president for finances. Sonja Grefberg, Roman Markov, Nikolas Endal, Ozan Cakir and Heike Ahlert were also all elected to a new-look executive board.
Following his election victory, Kramer, who has been president of the Netherlands Table Tennis Association since 2010, said: "We were all witness of deep crisis. My ambition is to get this organisation in order."
Kramer was referring to the last few months of Bosi's reign when the Italian was running for the presidency of the International Table Tennis Federation against incumbent Adham Sharara (Bosi lost the election in May).
At the time of his resignation Bosi, who had been ETTU president since 1996, said: “In the last few months the situation within ETTU was not the same I was used to. After ITTF elections last May in Paris, where I was candidate in opposition to Adham Sharara, I perceived a very difficult atmosphere inside ETTU. For the benefit of our Continent and for personal reasons I decided, after having consulted with the most of the Board members, to resign from the position of President.”
The campaign for the ITTF presidency descended into bitter recrimination between the two candidates, with Sharara threatening legal action against Bosi for “libel and defamation of character, and especially for damaging the image of the ITTF and its president.”
Sharara described as “totally unacceptable and unethical” allegations of financial impropriety made against him by Bosi.
Sharara was reacting to accusations of “serious infringements” in the field of “financial fair play,” made in Bosi’s campaign literature and in a letter sent to the ITTF’s board of directors.