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Image Important, Asian Table Tennis Union Unveils New Logo


Presenting an exciting image is vital in the promotion of sport; therefore with that factor in mind, the Asian Table Tennis Union has designed a new logo which takes effect from Monday 20th October 2014.

A very clean appearance has been produced which affords a striking effect.

Careful thought and forward thinking has been the order of matters to realise a design which represents the continental federation in the best possible light.

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Changing Places, Ding Ning Regains Top Spot on Women’s World Rankings


Last held in August 2013, China’s Ding Ning returns to the top of the Women’s World Rankings; on the listings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 3rd October, she replaces compatriot Liu Shiwen who drops one place.

Ding Ning assumed the no.1 spot in November 2011 and maintained that position for a total of 22 months, before being replaced in September 2013 by Liu Shiwen.

Notably since assuming the prestigious position, Liu Shiwen has retained the billing, a total of 13 weeks. Furthermore, throughout that time, Ding Ning has always occupied the no.2 place.

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Backbone of Croatian Bronze Medal Success in Lisbon, New Heights for Andrej Gacina


Just one defeat in the whole of the TMS 2014 European Team Championships in Lisbon; that being against Germany’s Timo Boll, Andrej Gacina is the player to make the most notable strides on the Men’s World Ranking list issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 3rd October.

The 28 year old, who guided Croatia to a bronze medal in the Portuguese capital city, moves from no.29 to no.19; the highest listing of his career; his previous best was no.22 earlier this year in June.

Similarly, there is progress for members of Portugal’s successful gold medal winning team in Lisbon.

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Let Me Entertain You; Marcos Freitas and Elizabeta Samara Dazzle in Olomouc

 09/05/2014       ITTF World Tour, Czech Open (Major)

Portugal’s Marcos Freitas and Romania’s Elizabeta Samara emerged as the winners of the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Czech Open in Olomouc on Sunday 31st August.

They emerged successful in an enthralling tournament that witnessed a series of thrilling full distance contests, Elizabeta Samara won against expectations; whilst Marcos Freitas proved the master of the deciding seventh game. Only one of his six matches did not go the full distance!

Such was the intensity of the competition, such was the excitement; it is reflected in the DHS Top Ten Shots .

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Champion in Czech Republic, Dramatic Rise for Elizabeta Samara


Winner of the Women’s Singles title at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Czech Open, Romania’s Elizabeta Samara is the player to make the most dramatic rise amongst the elite names in the Women’s World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 5th September.

She climbs from no.22 to enjoy a career best of no.13; her previous highest listing being one place lower at no.14 in January 2013.

A major climb but at the very top of the list, there is no change; China’s Liu Shiwen remains at no.1 for the 13th consecutive week and for the 22nd time in her career.

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Impressive Numbers for YouTube Channel During Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

 08/30/2014       Second Youth Olympic Games

Table Tennis underlined is status as one of the top sports in the Olympic Movement by obtaining the second most views on the YouTube channel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Staged in the Wutaishan Gymnasium from Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd August, the Table Tennis competition attracted huge attention.

Impressively, the event was watched by over 135,000 enthusiasts, an average of 4,500 views per video.

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Commonwealth Games Effect, Progress for Champion, New Heights for Englishmen


Winner of the Men’s Singles title at the recent Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Singapore’s Zhan Jian is the player to make to greatest progress amongst the leading names on the Men’s World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 8th August.

He climbs from no.34 to no.26 and approaches his highest ever listing. In December 2012 he reached no.23, a position he also held in January and February 2013, as well as later in the year in October.

Furthermore, not so marked, there is also progress for Zhan Jian’s colleague, Gao Ning, the player he beat in the Glasgow final. He advances one place to no.11 and approaches his best of no.9 in April 2008.

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Plastic Composite Ball Mandatory for Sanctioned and World Title Events


Commencing on Tuesday 1st July 2014 all International Table Tennis Federation sanctioned and World Title events will be played using plastic composite balls instead of the traditional celluloid ball.

There are no changes to the regulations already in place; plastic balls have been in accordance with regulations since the 1950's.

Table tennis events may still be played using celluloid balls.

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219 Submissions to the ITTF's P5 Plan


We have received over 200 submissions to the ITTF’s P5 Plan.

“Top 5 in All We Do” has become the ITTF’s motto to help us focus on reaching our collective objective.

The design of the DBI (data-base intelligence) databases (4) will start on Wednesday 6 August 2014. So, for those that have their ideas, suggestions, input and objectives, ready but did not have time to send them, you can still do so by e-mail before midnight on Tuesday 5 August 2014 to:

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