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Constitution
> Name

The Union shall be named the Asian Table Tennis Union (hereinafter referred to as the Union).
 

> Aims

The aims of the Union shall be:
 

(2.1) To enhance friendship among the people and table tennis players of the countries and regions in Asia and to develop friendly ties between the table tennis circles and players of Asia and those of other continents. (2.2) To promote the popularization, development and advancement of table tennis in Asia.
 

> Principles

The activities of the Union shall be guided by the following principles, namely:
 

(3.1) Equality and mutual respect among all member associations, big or small.
(3.2) Democratic consultation
 

> Membership

(4.1) Eligibility
 

         (4.1.1) Any member association of the International Table Tennis Federation in the Asian region, which endorses the aims, object and principles of the union, may be admitted as a member of the Union as provided in section (2).
 

         (4.1.2) Other table tennis associations in the Asian region, which support the aims and principles of the Union, may be admitted as associate members of the Union as provided in Section.
 

(4.2) Application and Election:
 

         (4.2.1) Applications for membership and associate membership shall be made to the ATTU Secretariat in writing on a form approved by the Council.
 

         (4.2.2) All applications shall be submitted not later than six calendar months before the date of the Congress meeting.
 

         (4.2.3) The Executive Board shall review all applications on behalf of the Council and make recommendations to the Congress.
 

         (4.2.4) Applications for membership and associate membership shall be considered by the next Congress Meeting and shall be accepted if they receive the votes required under Article 7.
 

         (4.2.5) The Council may, by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast elect an applicant to "provisional membership", which shall entitle the member association to attend the next Congress Meeting without voice or vote: and to complete in all events except Asian Championships.
 

         (4.2.6) An association under provisional membership may compete also in the Asian Championships following admission into the Union subject to the consent of the Association organizing these Championships; and provided that no vote is cast against its election to provisional memberships and that the application is received not later than six calendar months before the opening date of the Championships.
 

         (4.2.7) The representatives of an association elected to membership at a Congress Meeting shall be entitled to attend the meeting and to vote after election.
 

(4.3) Personal Honorary Membership
 

         (4.3.1) Officials who have given long, outstanding service to the ATTU may, upon retirement, be conferred a life-time title of Personal Honorary Members of any appropriate title by the Congress on a recommendation by the Council.
 

         (4.3.2) Persons so designated shall be entitled to attend Asian Championships with free hospitality; and to attend Congress Meetings with the right to speak but not to vote.
 

(4.4) Subscriptions/Suspension and Termination:
 

         (4.4.1) Each member association shall pay an annual subscription of 150 US dollars or the equivalent for ATTU as ATTU membership fee, and ITTF membership fee shall be paid by associations to ITTF directly.
 

         (4.4.2) The first subscription shall be paid with the application for membership and subsequent subscriptions shall be due on 1st July of each year.
 

         (4.4.3) A representative of an association whose subscription is in arrears shall not be entitled to vote at a Congress Meeting, either for his own Association or as a proxy; to serve on the Council or a Committee; or to play in Asian Championships.
 

         (4.4.4) An association which fails to pay its subscription for three successive years shall be suspended automatically from membership.
 

         (4.4.5) An association which is suspended from membership:
 

                 (4.4.5.1) shall not have the right to enter or nominate players for any event held under the jurisdiction of the ATTU nor to attend or be represented at a Congress.
 

                 (4.4.5.2) shall not be liable for subscriptions during the period of suspension and may be re-admitted to membership on payment of part or all of the subscriptions previously due, at the discretion of the Council.
 

         (4.4.6) An association which seriously and persistently fails to maintain the principles or adhere to the regulations and decisions of the ATTU may be expelled by a majority of three fourths of the votes cast at a Congress Meeting.
 

> Organization of ATTU

(5.1) Congress
 

         (5.1.1) The supreme body of the Union shall be the Congress of member associations.
 

         (5.1.2) The Congress shall generally be convened once every two years at the place decided for the Asian Championships and during the period when the championships are held.
 

         (5.1.3) with the consent of the Council, an Extraordinary Congress may be convened to handle emergency matters.
 

         (5.1.4) the quorum of the Congress shall be half of the total membership.
 

(5.2) Officers
 

         (5.2.1) The Executive Committee officers of the ATTU shall be a President, two deputy Presidents, Secretary General and the Treasurer.
 

         (5.2.2) The Executive Board shall include the members of Executive Committee, five (5) regional vice presidents each coming from East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, West Asia and West Middle Asia and the Co-opted ITTF Officers. The ATTU Hon. Officials may be invited to attend the ATTU Executive Board Meeting, with the right to speak, but no vote. The
 

         (5.2.3) Whenever a member association of ATTU is given the option to organize the World Championships, the Olympic Games or the Asian Championships, a representative of such member association shall be appointed Vice President of the Union for this particular Championships until the end of the Championships. If the said representative is not an officer of the union, such appointment is effected by the President of the Union at the Congress or Council Meeting during the immediate past World Championships, the Olympic Games or the Asian Championships. The nominated Vice Presidents can be called to Executive Board Meeting till the next Congress meeting.
 

         (5.2.4) The officer of the ATTU shall be nominated and elected by person and not by association. If they could not attend the meeting, their representatives should be allowed to vote. The representatives will enjoy the same privileges and hospitality as the officers.
 

         (5.2.5) However, if any officer does not attend two consecutive meetings at Asian/World Championships, he would be deemed to have resigned his post.
 

         (5.2.6) The Vice Presidents coming from the five (5) zones will have the same rights and privileges.
 

         (5.2.7) In the absence of the President, the Deputy President may preside over the meetings or may nominate one of the Vice Presidents to do so.
 

         (5.2.8) Starting from the 17th Asian Table Tennis Championships(2005), the ATTU Executive Board members shall be elected every four years (two Asian Championships).
 

(5.3) Council
 

         (5.3.1) The Council shall consist of the Officers and 20 members elected at the Congress Meeting.
 

         (5.3.2) The Council shall meet as required during the period of the Congress Meeting and once during the year in which there is no Congress Meeting, but shall otherwise conduct its business by correspondence.
 

         (5.3.3) When Congress is in recess, the Council will represent the Union and guide the work of the Executive Committee.
 

         (5.3.4) However, if any council member does not attend two consecutive meetings at Asian/World Championships, he would be deemed to have resigned his post.
 

(5.4) Executive Committee
 

         (5.4.1) The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, two Deputy Presidents, Honorary Secretary General and the Honorary Treasurer.
 

         (5.4.2) The Executive Committee shall meet during the period of the Congress Meeting and otherwise when convened by the President.
 

(5.5) Executive Board
 

         (5.5.1) The Executive Board shall consist of the members of EC, five (5) regional vice presidents coming from East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, West Asia, and West Middle Asia, ITTF Co-opted officers. The Honorary officials are entitled to attend EB meeting with right to speak, but no vote.
 

         (5.5.2) The Executive Board, entrusted by the Congress and the Council, shall ensure the implementation of decisions made by the Congress and the Council, handle routine work and emergency matters. The Executive Board may establish a certain number of technical committees to assist in its work.
 

                  (5.5.3) The members of the Executive Board and the Council shall serve for a term of two years and may be re-elected.
 

                  (5.5.4) The office of the Union shall be that of the President.
 

                  (5.5.5) The Congress may elect an Advisor who may be invited to attend meetings of the Executive Board with the right to speak but shall have no vote.
 

(5.6) Eligibility for Office
 

         (5.6.1) Nominations for ATTU Officers and for members of the Council, and Committees may be made only with the consent of the association of which the nominee is a member. If the consent is revoked after the nominee has been appointed, he may be removed from his post by the Executive Board.
 

         (5.6.2) A member of an Association whose subscription is in arrears shall not be eligible for election or to be co-opted.
 

         (5.6.3) No person shall at one time serve, as a full member of more than one committee other than the Executive Committee and no more than three (3) such posts shall be occupied by the members of one Association.
 

         (5.6.4) A paid official of the ATTU shall not serve as an Officer or as a member of the Council, or a Committee.
 

         (5.6.5) All Officers and members of the Council and the Committees shall retire at the time of Congress meeting but shall be eligible for re-election.
 

(5.7) Special Committees
 

         (5.7.1) The Executive Board shall appoint special Committees to study particular aspects of the work of the ATTU and to advise and assist the Council in dealing with these aspects.
 

         (5.7.2) The composition of Committees shall be decided by the Executive Board.
 

         (5.7.3) Committees shall normally meet only during the period of the Congress Meeting and shall otherwise conduct their business by correspondence.
 

         (5.7.4) A member of a Committee who does not, within a reasonable specified period express in writing an opinion on a written proposal circulated by or on behalf of the Chairman of that Committee shall be considered to have agreed to any resulting recommendation submitted in the name of the Committee.
 

         (5.7.5) The Chairman of each Committee shall submit to the Executive Board a report of the activities of the Committee once every two years, drawing attention to any recommendation which the Committee wishes to make: acceptance of the report shall not automatically imply acceptance of such recommendations.
 

         (5.7.6) Any recommendation on the change of rules by a Special Committee shall be approved by the Executive Board and ratified by Congress, a proposition embodying the change shall be included in the agenda of Congress in the name of the Executive Board.
 

         (5.7.7) Committees may, where so authorized, act on behalf of the Council but the extent of this authority and its duration shall be specified by the Council and shall be reviewed not later than at the next meeting of the Council.
 

         (5.7.8) Chairman of all the Committees shall be entitled to attend Congress Meetings, but without vote unless representing an Association.
 

(5.8) Duties of Special Committee
 

         (5.8.1) The Technical and Umpire Committee shall have co-chairman to be jointly in charge of both technical and umpire related issues, the duties of the Technical and Umpire Committee shall be:
 

                  (5.8.1.1) To advise the ATTU Council on all questions of interpretation of rules which may be referred to it.
 

                  (5.8.1.2) To assist the Asian Championships Referee on any questions of interpretation of rules.
 

                  (5.8.1.3) To advise and assist members of ATTU on proper interpretation of Laws and Regulations as laid down by ITTF.
 

                  (5.8.1.4) To co-ordinate and assist the work of referees and umpires at every Asian Championships.
 

                  (5.8.1.5) To advise the Executive Board on the organization of the Asian Championships and the Asian Cup and other Tournaments;
 

                  (5.8.1.6) To make recommendations to the Executive Board on the system of play for the Asian Championships and other tournament;
 

                  (5.8.1.7) To provide advice and assistance to the Asian Championships organizers in the organization and management of the Asian Championships;
 

                  (5.8.1.8) To appoint the Chairman of the Asian Championships Jury;
 

                  (5.8.1.9) To assist the referee in any question of interpretation of rule at the Asian Championships;
 

                  (5.8.1.10) To be responsible for the Asian Championships draw;
 

                  (5.8.1.11) To approve the playing schedule for the Asian Championships prepared by the organizers;
 

                  (5.8.1.12) To set up a roster of its members so that at least one of them is available in the playing hall on each day of the Asian Championships during all hours of play.
 

                  (5.8.1.13) To coordinate with the ITTF Umpire and Rule Committee (URC) on related matters
 

                  (5.8.1.14) To be in charge of the umpire quota allocation and nomination for the table tennis Event in the Asian multi-sports games such as Asian Youth Olympic Games, Asian Games, East Asian Games etc.
 

                  (5.8.1.15) To be in charge of umpire quota allocation and nomination for the Asian Title Events
 

                  (5.8.1.16) To help improve the standard of higher level umpires in Asia
 

                  (5.8.1.17) To help handle the increased amount of tasks and provide necessary technical advice, EB shall appoint another Chairman of this Committee technical advisor for the TUC
 

         (5.8.2) The duties of the Coaching and Junior Committee shall be:
 

                  (5.8.2.1) To advise the ATTU Executive Board on all matters concerning coaching and junior activities.
 

                  (5.8.2.2) To assist the Organizing Committee of the Asian Championships on conducting any Coaching and Junior Development Seminars.
 

                  (5.8.2.3) To advise and assist members of the ATTU on their Coaching clinics and Junior Development Programs.
 

         (5.8.3) The duties of the Veteran and Women Committee shall be:
 

                  (5.8.3.1) To encourage at Asian level table tennis activities of all the people over 40 years of age who have ceased to participate at various regular leagues. Tournaments and Championships held under the auspices of their national associations.
 

                  (5.8.3.2) To guide and support friendly international table tennis competitions and assemblies in Asia.
 

                  (5.8.3.3) To organize Veteran functions and meetings during assemblies.
 

                  (5.8.3.4) To recommend each national Association to form Veteran Committees within their Associations on identical basis.
 

                  (5.8.3.5) To encourage at Asian level table tennis activities of women over 20 years of age who have ceased to participate at various regular leagues. Tournaments and Championships held under the auspices of their national associations.
 

                  (5.8.3.6) To guide and support friendly international table tennis competitions and assemblies in Asia.
 

                  (5.8.3.7) To organize Women's functions and meetings during assemblies.
 

                  (5.8.3.8) To recommend each national Association to form Women's Committees within their Associations on identical basis.
 

         (5.8.4) The duties of the Media Committee shall be:
 

                  (5.8.4.1) To ensure good arrangements by the host association for the media representatives.
 

                  (5.8.4.2) To coordinate with the organizing Association that the press centre set up during a championships shall provide adequate facilities to the press reporters, press photographers. T.V. & radio reporters.
 

                  (5.8.4.3) To ensure that prior to the commencement of a championships that telexes, faxes, international telephone are installed in the press centre and operators are available for dispatching news filed by the media representatives.
 

                  (5.8.4.4) To help solve the difficulties of the Press during a competition held under the cover of ATTU.
 

                  (5.8.4.5) To assist the ATTU in projecting its view point by providing the information required to the officials of the ATTU.
 

                  (5.8.4.6) To work for the popularization of the game in the Asian countries through the Press within scope permitted by ATTU Executive Committee, Executive Board, Council or Congress.
 

                  (5.8.4.7) To arrange for publication of ATTU Handbook and printing of materials authorized by ATTU Secretariat.
 

> Voting

(6.1) Questions at a meeting shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast except that:
 

         (6.1.1) admission of a new member shall require a two-third majority of the votes cast:
 

         (6.1.2) expulsion from membership and changes to the constitution shall require a three-fourth majority of the votes cast;
 

         (6.1.3) dissolution of the Union shall require a four-fifth majority of the votes cast;
 

         (6.1.4) the revocation of an Asian Championships option shall require a majority of two-third of the votes cast.
 

(6.2) For each voting, including elections, at least two scrutineers shall be appointed by the President. Names shall be taken from the list in alphabetical order, omitting the representative of any association who has a particular interest in the item which is the subject of the vote.
 

(6.3) If an Association wishes to appoint a proxy to represent it at a Congress meeting, a notice of the appointment shall be given to the Secretariat 3 days before the meeting. No Association shall hold more than 1 proxy on behalf of other Associations.
 

New (6.4) No more than one person from an Association shall be nominated for the Executive Committee and no one shall be nominated for more than one position of the Executive Committee.
 

(6.5) An ATTU council member may hold one proxy on behalf of another association but may not hold a proxy as an association delegate at the same time.
 

Regulations for Asian Events
> Rules and Regulations for Asian Championships, Asian Cup Tournament and Asian Junior Championships
> Asian Championships

1.1 Authority for Organization
 

The Asian Championships is hereinafter referred to as “the Championships” and shall be generally organized once every two years.
 

(1.1.2) An Association wishing to organize the Championships shall send a written application to the Secretary General not later than 10 weeks before the Congress. All applications shall be considered by the Executive Committee and shall be submitted to the Congress together with the recommendations of the Committee on venue for the occasion in question. The option to organize shall be granted by the Congress with the confirmation of date for the Championships.
 

(1.1.3) The right to organize future Championships shall normally be granted for two occasions ahead.
 

(1.1.4) Where necessary, the Congress or the Executive Committee may invite another member Association as an alternate organizer of the Championships.
 

(1.1.5) If, after an option has been granted, circumstances change in such a way that it becomes likely to prejudice the satisfactory conduct of the Championships, the option may be revoked by a two thirds majority vote at the Congress preceding the Championships.
 

1.2 Hospitality
 

The Organizer shall provide hospitality for accommodation and meals from the evening before the start of the Championships until the morning after the end of the Championships for:
 

(1.2.1) not more than 8 players including playing and non-playing captain competing in both the men's and women's event.
 

(1.2.2) not more than 4 players including playing and non-playing captain competing only in men's team event.
 

(1.2.3) not more than 4 players including playing and non-playing captain competing only in women's team event.
 

(1.2.4) one delegate from each of the Association if he is not included in the list of nominated players above.
 

(1.2.5) All members of ATTU Executive Committee, ATTU Honorary officials, Chairmen of all committees, Council members, and full members of the Technical and Umpire Committee and the Secretariat Staff. The Chairmen of the Technical and Umpire Committee and ATTU Secretariat staff shall be given hospitality 3 days prior to the commencement of the Championships.
 

(1.2.6) Expenses of the Chairman of the Technical and Umpire Committee/Technical Delegate including air passage to the Championships and the draw shall be borne by the organizer.
 

1.3 Jury
 

(1.3.1) The Jury shall consist of one of the Chairmen of the Technical and Umpire Committee/Technical Delegate, one nominee from the Organizing Association and the Referee who shall have the right to speak but not to vote.
 

(1.3.2) The Chairman of the Jury shall be appointed by the Technical and Umpire Committee.
 

1.4 Entries
 

(1.4.1) Entries shall be submitted on an entry form distributed by the Secretary General; the forms shall be provided by the Organizing Association and based on a standard form approved by the Executive Committees.
 

(1.4.2) An Association may nominate not more than 5 players for the Men’s Team event; not more than 5 players for the Women’s Team event; up to 5 players for Men’s Singles; 5 players for Women’s Singles, 2 pairs for Men’s Doubles, 2 pairs for Women’s Doubles and 2 pairs for Mixed Doubles.
 

(1.4.3) All players taking part in the Men’s and Women’s Singles may participate in the Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles events. Pairing of players from different Associations is not permitted.
 

 
 

(1.4.4) Each Associate Member Association shall pay a capitation fee of 50 USD or equivalent to the Union to be eligible for entering its teams in the Championships.

1.5 Eligibility
 

(1.5.1) The following regulations shall apply to team competitions in Asian Championships.
 

A player may represent an Association only if he/she is a national of the country in which that Association has jurisdiction, except that a player who on 31st August 1997 was eligible by birth or residence to represent an Association of which he/she was not a national may retain that eligibility.
 

A player who is at the same time a national of more than one country may choose which of the Association to represent. Where the players with more than one Association have the same nationality, each such Association may determine its own additional requirement for eligibility.
 

A player shall not represent different Associations within a period of 3 years.
 

A player shall be regarded as having represented an Association if he/she has accepted nomination to represent it whether or not he/she plays; the date of representation shall be the date of nomination or the date of playing, whichever is the latter.
 

An Association may nominate to represent it a player who is eligible to do so but who is a resident in a territory controlled by another Association provided that he/she has not been suspended or expelled by that Association.
 

Any appeal on a question of eligibility shall be referred to the Executive Committee whose decision shall be final.
 

1.6 System of Play
 

The system of play shall be conducted in accordance with the ITTF Rules and Regulations. Any changes in the system of play, recommended by the Technical and Umpire Committee, are required to be approved by the Executive Committee.
 

(1.6.1) Men's & Women's Team Events
 

The Team Events shall be divided into the Champion Division and 1st Division.
 

The Champion Division shall consist of the top 6 teams from the previous Championships and the top 2 teams (winner and first runner-up) of the 1st Division of the current Championships. It shall be played using a Knock out system. All the remaining teams shall form the 1st Division and shall be divided into 2 or 4 groups according to the entries.
 

In the first stage of the 1st Division, teams shall play in a round robin system, with groups of three or four teams. Winners of each group shall play the second stage in a knock-out system for the top positions. The remaining teams will also play a knock-out system for the position matches. The winner and first runner-up of the 1st Division shall join the Champion Division of the Championships.
 

All matches in the team events shall be played best of 5 singles and the order of play shall be
 

A vs X B vs Y C vs Z A vs Y B vs X.
 

All matches shall be best of 5 games.
 

(1.6.2) Individual Events
 

For Singles events, depending on the number of entries, they shall be played in a single stage knock-out system in best of seven games or they shall be played in two stages. Stage 1 shall be played in a round robin system, with winners of each group progressing to Stage 2, which shall be played in a knock-out system to determine the champion. All matches in Stage 1 shall be best of 5 games and Stage 2 shall be best of 7 games.
 

For Doubles events, they shall be played in a knock-out system. All doubles matches shall be best of 5 games except that Semi-Final and Finals matches shall be best of 7 games.
 

(1.6.3) Seeding
 

(1.6.3.1) Team Events
 

Seeding of the team events for both Champion Division and 1st division shall be based on the results of the previous Championships. For teams not participated in the previous Championships, their ranking shall be based on the latest ITTF Team Ranking.+
 

For the Champion Division, the top 2 teams shall be placed at the 1st and 8th positions respectively.Team No.3 and Team No.4 will be drawn randomly to positions 4 or position 5. Team No.5, Team No.6 and the top 2 teams from the 1st Division shall be drawn randomly between position 2, position 3, position 6 and position 7.
 

(1.6.3.2) Team Events
 

For individual events, the latest ITTF World Ranking shall be used.
 

1.7 Awards
 

(1.7.1) Trophies and medals shall be awarded to winners in all events.
 

(1.7.2) In both team and individual events, the winners shall receive gold medals, the losing finalist silver medals and the losing semi-finalists bronze medals.
 

(1.7.3) To encourage teams and players from all regions, it is recommended that the Union and the Host Association may create various special awards such as MIT (Most Improved Team), MVP (Most Valuable Player), MPP (Most Popular Player). These awards may be title sponsored.
 

1.8 The Laws of Table Tennis and Regulations for International Competitions.
 

Except for those provided aforesaid, the latest Laws of Table Tennis (Chapter 3) and Regulations for International Competitions (Chapter 4) in the ITTF Handbook shall be adopted in the Competition.
 

> Asian Cup

Authority for Organization
 

(2.1.1) The Asian Cup is hereinafter referred to as “the Asian Cup” and shall be generally organized once every year.
 

(2.1.2) An Association wishing to host the Asian Cup must apply to the Executive Committee of ATTU. Permission may be granted to an ATTU member to organize the event subject to acceptance of all conditions and relevant regulations.
 

(2.1.3) For each Asian Cup, the ATTU Executive Committee shall appoint a Technical Delegate who shall be a member of the ATTU Executive Committee or Technical and Umpire Committee and shall be responsible directly to the ATTU Executive Committee for all aspects of playing and practicing conditions, umpiring, equipment and general conditions in the playing and practicing halls. He will also be responsible for supervision of the draw and for scheduling or matches.
 

(2.1.4) An Organizing Committee of the Tournament shall be formed by the host Association and shall be known as the Organizer.
 

(2.1.5) Sponsors
 

The Organizer shall obtain a major sponsor preferably with multi-national interests. The host Association may, with the concurrence of the major sponsor, obtain other local sponsors to contribute towards funding. The terms for the major sponsor shall be spelled out by the ATTU Executive Committee. in conjunction with the organizer. A levy will be charged by ATTU which shall determine the amount. The authority on decision regarding royalty on TV rights is rested with the ATTU Executive Committee.
 

2.2 Hospitality
 

(2.2.1) The Organizer shall provide hospitality for accommodation, meals and internal transportation to all invited players and one official from each participating Association from the evening before the start of the tournament until the morning after the end of the tournament, while the air passage shall be borne by the participating Association concerned.
 

(2.2.2) The Organizer shall provide hospitality for accommodation, meals and internal transportation for members of the ATTU Executive Committee and Technical and Umpire Committee.
 

(2.2.3) Expenses of the Technical Delegate including air passage to the event and the draw shall be borne by the Organizer.
 

2.3 Rules and Regulations
 

All relevant ITTF Regulations for International Competitions shall apply to the Asian Cup, where applicable.
 

2.4 Events
 

There shall be singles events for men and women only.
 

2.5 Seeding of Players and System of Play
 

Any changes in the system of play, recommended by the Technical and Umpire Committee, are required to be approved by the Executive Committee.
 

(2.5.1) Participation in the event shall be limited to 16 men and 16 women for the men's event and women's event respectively.
 

(2.5.2) The list of eligible players, which shall include holder of the Asian Cup, singles champion of the immediate preceding Asian Championships and four Regional Representatives of ATTU, shall be drawn up by the Technical and Umpire Committee of ATTU according to the latest ITTF Ranking List when the prospectus of the Asian Cup is published. The host Association shall be entitled to 2 players each in the men’s and women’s event. There shall be a maximum of 2 players from an Association unless a third player is invited as a “wild card”.
 

(2.5.3) The Technical Delegate may approve changes owing to last minute withdrawal and his decision shall be final.
 

(2.5.4) The tournament shall be played in two stages.
 

(2.5.5) For Stage 1, there shall be 4 groups for men and for women. The top twelve players shall be drawn into three groups (Group A, B and C) of 4 players each according to the latest ITTF Ranking List, with players from the same Association drawn into separate groups. The four players from each region will form a group (Group D) to compete in a “Continental Cup”. All four groups will play in a round-robin system. Winners and runners-up of Groups A, B and C will go directly to the 2nd Stage. Third position players of Group A , B and C will join the winner of Group D to play a single play-off match to determine the last two positions of the 2nd Stage.
 

(2.5.6) For Stage 2, players shall play in a knock-out system to determine the final positions. Players in the same group during Stage 1 shall be drawn into different halves. The second player from the same Association shall be drawn so that they do not meet before the semi-final stage.
 

(2.5.7) All matches in Stage 1 shall be best of 5 games and Stage 2 shall be best of 7 games.
 

2.6 Award
 

(2.6.1) Cash awards of minimum US$60,000 to US$100,000 will be made at each tournament based on the results of each tournament by the organizer subject to concurrence by the ATTU Executive Committee.
 

All cash awards are made to the participating Associations and not to individual players.
 

2.7 Other Matters
 

Any modification and alteration of the above rules by the ATTU Technical and Umpire Committee on any matter in respect of interpretation of rules and regulations shall be final.
 

> Asian Junior and Cadet Championships

3.1 Authority for Organization
 

(3.1.1) The Asian Junior and Cadet Championships hereinafter referred to as “the Championships” shall be generally organized once every year.
 

An Association wishing to organize the Championships shall send a written application to the Secretary General not later than 10 weeks before the Congress. All applications shall be considered by the Executive Committee and shall be submitted to the Congress together with the recommendations of the Executive Committee on venue for the occasion in question. The option to organize shall be granted by the Congress with the confirmation of date for the Championships.
The right to organize future Championships shall normally be granted for two occasions ahead.
Where necessary, the Congress or the Executive Committee may invite another member Association as an alternate organizer of the Championships.
If, after an option, has been granted, circumstances change in such a way that it becomes likely to prejudice the satisfactory conduct of the Championships, the option may be revoked by a two thirds majority vote at the Congress preceding the Championships.
 

3.2 Hospitality
 

The Organizer shall provide hospitality for accommodation and meals from the evening before the start of the Championships until the morning after the end of the Championships for:
 

(3.2.1) Not more than 4 players including playing and non-playing captain competing in both the Junior Boys and Junior Girls Team events.
 

(3.2.2) Not more than 2 players including playing and non-playing captain competing only in the Junior Boys Team event.
 

(3.2.3) Not more than 2 players including playing and non-playing captain competing only in the Junior Girls Team event.
 

(3.2.4) Not more than 2 players competing in the Junior Boys and Junior Girls Individual events.
 

(3.2.5) Not more than 1 player competing in either the Junior Boys or Junior Girls Individual events.
 

(3.2.6) Not more than 2 players competing in the Cadet Boys and Cadet Girls Competition.
 

(3.2.7) Not more than 1 player competing in either the Cadet Boys or Cadet Girls Competition.
 

(3.2.8) One official accompanying the teams.
 

(3.2.9) All members of the ATTU Executive Committee, ATTU Honorary Officials, full members of the Techinical and Umpire Committee, Coaching and Junior Committee and invited ATTU Secretariat Staff.
 

(3.2.10) Expenses of the Chairman of the Technical and Umpire Committee/Technical Delegate including air passage to the Championships and the draw shall be borne by the organizer.
 

3.3 Jury
 

(3.3.1) The Jury shall consist of one of the Chairmen of the Technical and Umpire Committee/Technical Delegate, one nominee from the Organizing Association and the Referee who shall have the right to speak but not to vote.
 

(3.3.2) The Chairman of the Jury shall be appointed by the Technical and Umpire Committee.
 

3.4 Qualification for Junior Team events
 

(3.4.1) 4 top Junior teams from the previous year’s Championships.
 

(3.4.2) 10 top Junior teams from 5 regions of ATTU, with two teams from each region.
 

(3.4.3) 1 Junior team from the host Association (if not qualified under 3.4.1 and 3.4.2).
 

(3.4.3) For the Cadet Boys’ and Cadet Girls’ Team events, any ATTU member Associations may send their teams.
 

3.5 Entries
 

(3.5.1) Entries shall be submitted on an entry form distributed by the Secretary General; the forms shall be provided by the Organizing Association and based on the standard form approved by the Executive Committee.
 

(3.5.2) The following events shall be played:
 

Junior Boys Team 8. Cadet Boys Team
Junior Girls Team 9. Cadet Girls Team
Junior Boys Singles 10. Cadet Boys Singles
Junior Girls Singles 11. Cadet Girls Singles
Junior Boys Doubles
Junior Girls Doubles
Junior Mixed Doubles
 

(3.5.3) A qualified Association may nominate not more than 4 players each for the Junior Boys Team and Junior Girls Team events; not more than 4 players each for the Junior Boys and Junior Girls Singles events, 2 pairs each for the Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Mixed Doubles events.
 

(3.5.4) Associations that have not qualified in the Junior Team events may nominate a maximum of 2 players each for the Junior Boys and Junior Girls Singles events, 1 pair each for the Junior Boys and Junior Girls Doubles events and two pairs in the Mixed Doubles event on their own expenses
 

(3.5.5) An Association may nominate 3 players each for the Cadet Boys and Cadet Girls Team events, 3 players each for the Cadet Boys and Cadet Girls Singles events.
 

(3.5.6) The host Association may nominate up to 6 Junior Boys, 6 Junior Girls, 6 Cadet Boys and 6 Cadet Girls for the Championships.
 

(3.5.7) The cut-off date of age for players for the Championships shall be in accordance with ITTF criteria for the World Junior Championships.
 

3.6 Eligibility
 

ITTF Regulations for junior players shall apply to determine their eligibility.
 

3.7 System of play
 

Any changes in the system of play, recommended by the Technical and Umpire Committee, are required to be approved by the Executive Committee.
 

(3.7.1) Junior Boys and Junior Girls Team Events
 

The Competition shall be conducted in two stages. In the first stage, all teams except the winner and runner up of the previous Championships shall be divided in groups of three or four teams to play in a round robin system. In the second stage, the first two teams from each group and the winner and runner-up of the previous Championships shall play by progressive knockout system to determine final positions, except the third and fourth positions.
 

All matches in the team events shall be played best of 5 singles and the order of play shall be
 

A vs X B vs Y C vs Z A vs Y B vs X.
 

(3.7.2) Junior Individual Events
 

For Singles events, they shall be played in two stages. Stage 1 shall be played in a round robin system, with groups of three or four players. Winners of each group shall progress to Stage 2, which shall be played in a knock-out system to determine the champion. All matches in Stage 1 shall be played best of 5 games and Stage 2 shall be played best of 7 games.
 

For Doubles events, they shall be played in a knock-out system and all doubles matches shall be played best of 5 games.
 

(3.7.3) Cadet Boys and Cadet Girls Team Events
 

The Competition shall be conducted in two stages. In the first stage, all teams shall be divided in groups of three or four teams to play in a round robin system. In the second stage, the first two teams from each group shall play by progressive knockout system to determine final positions, except the third and fourth positions.
 

All matches in the team events shall be played best of 5 singles and the order of play shall be
 

A vs X B vs Y Doubles A vs Y B vs X.
 

(3.7.4) Cadet Boys and Cadet Girls Singles Events
 

They shall be played in two stages. Stage 1 shall be played in a round robin system, with groups of three or four players. Winners of each group shall progress to Stage 2, which shall be played in a knock-out system to determine the champion. All matches shall be played best of 5 games, except semi-final and final matches shall be played best of 7 games.
 

(3.7.5) Determination of Seeding and Draw
 

Seeding of teams shall be based on results of the previous Championships. Qualified teams from regions shall be drawn into different groups. Any disputes because of absentees or new players will be resolved according to the ATTU/ITTF team ranking and the decision of the Technical and Umpire Committee shall be final.
 

Seeding in individual events will be based on the latest ITTF Ranking List.
 

3.8 Awards
 

(3.7.1) In both Team and Individual events, the winners shall receive gold medals, the losing finalists silver medals and the losing semi-finalists bronze-medals.
 

(3.7.2) To encourage and promote junior players, it is recommended that the Host Association may create various special awards to the player.
 

(3.7.3) The top four teams from the Championships shall represent then continent of Asia in the next World Junior Championships.
 

3.9 The Laws of Table Tennis and Regulations for International Competition
 

Except for those provided aforesaid, the latest Laws of Table Tennis (Chapter 3) and Regulations for International Competitions (Chapter 4) in the ITTF Handbook shall be adopted in the competition.
 

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