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Thomas Bach Plays Legend, Makes Vow to New Star, Table Tennis Tops Bill in Nanjing

 08/27/2014       Second Youth Olympic Games

A welcome visitor to the Wutaishan Gymnasium on Friday 22nd August for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games was Thomas Bach, the recently elected President of the International Olympic Committee.

The focus of attention; he played Sweden’s Jörgen Persson, seven times Olympian and former World Champion, before meeting China’s Fan Zhendong and Liu Gaoyang to congratulate them on their gold medal success in the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events earlier in the proceedings.

Currently listed at no.3 on the Men’s World Rankings, Fan Zhendong impressed Thomas Bach with the high level of his play.

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The Leading Lady, Liu Shiwen Completes One Year at Top of World Rankings

 08/08/2014      

Ascending to the top spot on the Women’s World Rankings in September 2013 when replacing Chinese National Team compatriot, Ding Ning at the head of the order; Liu Shiwen completes one year as the realm’s leading lady.

She is named at no.1 on the listings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 8th August; it is a position the 23 year old has now held for 21 months during her career.

In addition to the recent 12 month period she was listed in pole position on the rankings issued from January to September 2010; in October of that year, she fell one position to no.2 being replaced by the now retired compatriot Guo Yan.

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

 08/08/2014      

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

 08/05/2014      

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

 08/03/2014      

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:

dbip5@ittfmail.com

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Success in Korea, Han Ying Makes Top Ten Debut

 07/09/2014      

Against expectations crowned Women’s Singles champion at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Korea Open in June; Han Ying is the name to attract the attention on the Women’s World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday 9th July.

The German moves from no.15 to no.9 and exceeds her previous career high of no.12 earlier this year in April.

Undoubtedly amongst the elite names, the most dramatic progress is that made by Han Ying but there are two further advances of note as a result of fine performances on the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour in June.

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Top Ten Shots: GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Korea Open Revisited

 06/16/2014       ITTF World Tour, Korea Open (Super)

China’s Xu Xin and Germany’s Han Ying emerged as the winners of the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Korea Open in Incheon on the afternoon of Sunday 15th June.

The success recorded by Xu Xin was as predicted, he was the no.1 seed and he was playing in no less than his 14th ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles final; conversely Han Ying, the no.7 seed in the Women’s Singles event was competing in her first such final.

En route both displayed their skills to the full; their performances and that of several other leading players on duty in Incheon can be viewed in DHS Top 10 - 2014 Korea Open .

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The Most Followed World Championships in History; It’s Official

 06/13/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Staged from Monday 28th April to Monday 5th May, the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships were officially the most followed World Championships in history.

Across 22 television networks throughout the globe there were 475 combined hours of coverage, including an impressive 50 hours just on China Central Television (CCTV).

The 50 hours on CCTV were watched by a combined total of 188 million people and the women's final had an average viewership of 11.3 million, making it the second most watched sporting programme, not taking into account the Winter Olympics, in China in 2014.

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Agreement Concluded with Rightster Leading Global Video Distribution Company

 06/10/2014      

Partners with a number of prominent sports organisations and bodies; Rightster, a leading global video distribution and monetisation company, has concluded an agreement with the International Table Tennis Federation.

Rightster supports the Australian Football League and SNTV; recognised as the world's leading sports video news agency.

The company will collaborate closely with the International Table Tennis Federation to develop the ITTF YouTube Channel and help maximise exposure and revenue from the channel.

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