A talk with LMC Managing Director Kristijan Pejinovic
What does New Dawn mean to you in connection with the LMC?
Sometimes the success of the past stands in the way of the future. That’s what we mean by “New Dawn”. This is practically symbolic in our sport, if you consider the last 25 years.
In European table tennis, we have big youth development issues. And I don’t see the associations coming up with anything to counter this. So it was time for a New Dawn. The passion of wanting to change something drives me ahead every day!
Have you ever had doubts about your project?
It was not easy, of course. Sometimes the path we chose was involved risk. At first, nobody from the scene believed in us. We had to apply a push-strategy in order to to create a market for the LMC. We needed some time and perseverance to put together the right team in order to achieve the goals we had set. But we never lost faith that we were doing the right thing.
So you had to do a bit of work to convince people.
Yes, indeed. Even now it’s not running itself. We love what we do, and are passionately involved.
The principle of what we do is: ‘Never over-promise – always over-deliver!’ – We must never underestimate how important modesty is and never give up our obligation to do more than we have promised. Relations with our partners are always based on mutual trust and respect. We always set realistic targets and don’t tell people fairy tales. Our partners and/or prospective partners notice this. This is due to our competent, very experienced and professional team.
“We had to learn to deal with setbacks, and that’s what our talents have to do, too.”
Who believed in the idea and stood by you from the beginning?
Even when the idea was born, ESN was a sponsor and continues to contribute positively to the development of the LMC. DONIC should not be forgotten, either, as a very first partner, apart from ESN.
How did you react to obstacles?
Obstacles constantly occurred. Anyone who takes his own path eventually bumps into a wall. When we weren’t able to tear it down, we didn’t give up: we looked for a way to get around it and always found it.
This is what we expect from our talents. They, like ourselves, must demonstrate a strong will to pursue their own path. We had to learn to deal with setbacks, and that’s what our talents have to do, too. The path is more than “rocky”. But with the support of friends and family, with passion and healthy ambition, these players take their path and confirm us in ours.