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.
As this year’s AGM, there was much fanfare over the increase in size of the ITTF to 220 national associations. Similarly, this WTTTC’s was hailed as having the largest entry ever, with 118 Men’s Teams and 95 Women’s Teams.
On the early evening of the fourth day in Otocec, Thursday 12th June, at the ITTF World Hopes Week and Challenge, immediately after the last training session ended, local organizers conducted the draw in the nearby Hotel Sport.
Memorial Day just passed & it many times has caused me to think of the many people who made my enjoyment of the game of table tennis possible.
Peter Cua – innovator, statesman, Liha ambassador, historian, and father of the post-modern global Liha movement passed away June 10, 2014 in Manila.
Once the World Table Tennis Championships debuted in 1926, they continued more-or-less annually until World War II.
Larry Thoman, general manager at Newgy and longtime USATT contributor, asked a question: why were most of the divisions at the World Championships played as single elimination during the second stage, instead of the traditional progressive knockout?
As most table tennis aficionados know, the first World Championships were staged in London in 1926. Of course, there is a story behind the inaugural event.
Supported by ITTF Dream Building, a Training Camp in the city of Dubai for Para Table Tennis athletes in the Middle East region was staged successfully from Sunday 1st to Thursday 5th June 2014.
1985: Pre-U.S. Open Potpourri. 1985: Historic Match in California Between China and Chinese Taipei