"My passion for the rest of my years since then has been Table Tennis."
The sole title that eluded the Japanese in 1959 was Men’s Singles, which was won by China’s Rong Guotuan. It was China’s first gold medal in the WTTC’s. And it was a harbinger of things to come.
“That was the moment I was struck by the important role that ‘sports diplomacy’ could play.”
“Sport can make a powerful contribution to friendship and peace between the peoples.”
Some time ago when I was doing some research on Ivor Montagu, I ran across a book that I thought might be able to provide more insights about him. It was the Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports, published in 1965.
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Continuing along with this week’s theme of honoring our sport’s patriarchs, today I would like to tell you about the table tennis patriarch from my childhood: Charlie Disney.
To boot, we’ve also learned why Ivor Montagu’s name is preceded by “Hon.,” as well as the reason behind why both the Swathling Cup and the Swathling Club are named in honor of the Montagu family.
1985: China Sweeps U.S. Open.
Today is Father's Day. For that reason, I have asked you to share some memories about your father with us, in essence to pay a tribute to the undoubtedly most influential man in your life: Yacoub (also known as Jacob) Sharara.
The final day of the 2014 ITTF World Hopes Week and Challenge in Otocec, Sunday 15th June, saw a number of heated battles in the local Sports Hall with the Boys’ and Girls’ Singles titles being at stake.
A couple of days ago, I received the following Facebook message from Larry Hodges, USATT Hall of Famer and blogger: “Hi Sheri, How come the ITTF version of the ‘Countdown’ articles are listed ‘By Ian Marshall,’ while they are listed by you on the USATT home page?”
“Each of the continents were very skeptical of this tall Australian guy.”
Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day in western superstition but it was all smiles for the Westerners from the USA.
USATT and Officials and Rules Advisory Committee would like to congratulate and recognize these umpires on passing the International Umpire exam.