Khalil Al-Mohannadi has been elected President of the Asian Table Tennis Union ©World Table Tennis

International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Deputy President Khalil Al-Mohannadi has strengthened his power base within the sport after becoming the head of the continental body for Asia.

The Qatari official was elected unopposed as President of the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) at the organisation's General Assembly in Doha.

Al-Mohannadi succeeds China's Cai Zhenhua, who had held the position since 2009 but opted not to run for another term.

He is the sixth President of the ATTU, responsible for governing one of the most popular sports in Asia.

Al-Mohannadi sits on the ITTF Executive Committee by virtue of his Deputy Presidency and is set to join the organisation's Board of Directors as a result of his election to the top job at the ATTU.

It is the latest role taken on by Al-Mohannadi, who has been at the centre of a bitter governance dispute with President Thomas Weikert, which has led to the German deciding against standing for re-election at next month's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Houston next month.

Al-Mohannadi and ITTF executive vice-president for finance Petra Sörling - who is set to succeed the German as President at the AGM after being confirmed as the only candidate - criticised Weikert for a "lack of strategical and constructive initiatives... to safeguard the ITTF from a structural and financial point of view in these difficult times" in a strongly-worded letter last year.

Since then relations have soured significantly and Weikert attempted to remove Al-Mohannadi from the Deputy President post in February of this year, only for the Executive Committee to reinstate the Qatari official.

Claims that Al-Mohannadi breached the ITTF Constitution were dismissed by the ITTF Integrity Unit in August.

In February, numerous letters, both anonymous and from Weikert and Swiss Table Tennis, were sent around the world and to media organisations claiming Al-Mohannadi, who is also head of the Qatar Table Tennis Federation, was in breach of several items related to the ITTF Constitution.

According to Solebury Gay, Al-Mohannadi's legal representatives, the allegations were "unfounded" and "baseless", and the Qatari official demanded an apology from Weikert.