Early in 1972, the formation of a new Asian Table Tennis body was the fruitful result of the discussion between the China and Japan Table Tennis Association during a visit by the President of Japan Table Tennis Association, Mr. Koji Goto.
This idea was again discussed among Asian Association representatives during the 31st World Table Tennis Championships in Nagoya. Japan, and also during the Afro-Asian Table Tennis Friendship Invitation Tournament in Beijing, China. The proposal was well accepted.
In March 1972, representatives of the TTA's of China, DPR Korea and Japan met specially to take an initiative in calling a Preparatory Meeting in Beijing in order to meet in May of the same year as well as to affix their signatures for the invitation letters.
Accordingly, the Preparatory Meeting was held in Beijing in May 4th - 7th. 1972 attended by 16 representatives of Associations namely. Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria and Vietnam. In compliance with the strong desire of the delegates, the Preparatory Meeting was actually turned into the Inaugural Meeting which resulted in the formation of the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) on May 7th 1972. The meeting adopted the communiqu