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Zak Abel: From Nation Champion to Music Sensation


It is one of the most eye-catching music videos for years; the young singer showing off his table tennis skills, including multi-ball, while performing his latest hit “Everybody Needs Love”.

The man combining two extraordinary talents is Zak Abel, a 21 year old Londoner but table tennis insiders might know him better as Zak Zilesnik, former English Cadet Boys’ Singles national champion.

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Media Accreditation for ITTF World Tour Japan Open Now Available

 05/18/2016       ITTF World Tour, Japan Open (Super)

The splendid surroundings of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium is the venue for the forthcoming 2016 ITTF World Tour Laox Japan Open, a Super Series Tournament.

Staged from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th June, it will be the first time that the tournament has been staged in the country’s capital city, as opposed to a prefecture in the Greater Tokyo region.

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Perfect 2016 World Team Championships Most Socially Followed of All Time

 05/09/2016       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Play concluded on Sunday 6th March at the Perfect 2016 World Team Championships in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur; for each national association that participated in the event there will be moments which are now indelibly printed in the memory.

It was for China unmitigated success, with titles being retained and retained in an emphatic manner.

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New Heights at Nakheel Asian Cup, Now Another New Height for Wong Chun Ting


A most impressive debut, a third place finish at the recent 2016 Nakheel Asian Cup in Dubai was a new high in the career of Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting; on the Men’s World Rankings issued on Wednesday 4th May, there is another new high for the 24 year old.

He climbs one place for no.8 and thus exceeds his previous best ever listing of no.9 one month earlier. Notably, he changes places with Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus, the now 40 year old is listed in the no.9 spot.

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Outstanding in Warsaw and Dubai, Meteoric Rise for Miu Hirano


The winner at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Polish Open in Warsaw, a highly creditable fifth place at Nakheel 2016 Asian Cup in Dubai; Japan’s 16 year old Miu Hirano is the player to make the most significant progress on the Women’s World Rankings issued on Wednesday 4th May.

She climbs from no.19 to no.11 and thus exceeds the previous highest listing of her career; last year in both November and December, she was named at no.16.

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The Burning Question for Rio: Will Zhang Jike Defend his Title? Ask Him


A place in the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games; will China’s Zhang Jike defend his Men’s Singles in the Brazilian city, with only two players per National Committee eligible to compete in the event in the prestigious multi-sport gathering, it is very much the burning question.

No player has ever retained the title four years later; in fact the only player to gain a medal in the Men’s Singles event in consecutive Olympic Games is Zhang Jike’s mentor, Liu Guoliang.

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Success Again in Kuwait, Li Xiaoxia Climbs the World Rankings


Title retained in Kuwait, China’s Li Xiaoxia is the player to make the most notable progress amongst the elite names on the Women’s World Rankings issued for April 2016.

The 28 year old reigning Olympic champion moves from no.8 to no.5 on a list where the names immediately above retain their positions; colleagues Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling once again occupy the respective top three places with Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa next in line.

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Exclusive Media Rights Deal Signed with Lagardère Sports


Brokered by TMS International, announced on Tuesday 15th March, the International Table Tennis Federation has signed an exclusive deal with Lagardère Sports, to sell the media rights to all its events worldwide (excluding China, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan).

The deal will run from 2016 to 2020.

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Setting the Standard in Kuala Lumpur, Liu Shiwen Continues in Top Spot


Leading the line for China at the recently concluded Perfect 2016 World Team Championships Kuala Lumpur, Liu Shiwen continues to occupy the top position on the Women’s World Rankings.

She is named in the no.1 spot for the fifth consecutive month on the listings released following the conclusion of proceedings in the Malaysian capital city; it is the fifth consecutive month that she has occupied the exalted position and overall the 27th time during her career.

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