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Timo Boll, from Talent to Star, Now Two Decades since First European Title


Graduating making the step from being a promising junior player to becoming established in the senior ranks; it is a gap that some cannot traverse, others progress but maybe never achieve the potential once believed to have been harboured within their bodies.

The comparatively few traverse the crater and then progress to greater levels, some to the greatest of heights; those who do make the climb in the majority make the climb quickly.

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Portuguese Capital City the Host, ITTF Star Awards Evening Set for Lisbon


Lisbon the capital city of Portugal will be the home for the 2015 ITTF Star Awards, the prestigious gathering will be staged on Wednesday 9th December, immediately prior to the GAC Group ITTF World Grand Finals.

It will be the third time that the event has been staged; the first being in Dubai in January 2014. Venue for the latest edition will be the historic Patio de Gale in Lisbon, affording the opportunity for the world’s leading table tennis players change shirts and shorts for a touch of elegance.

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Kasumi Ishikawa off the Table: Arrival Announced in Vrsac a Decade Ago


Almost a decade ago, at the 2006 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in the Serbian town of Vrsac, a 13 year old from Japan caught the eye; her name was Kasumi Ishikawa, since that date a great has happened to the talented left hander. who currently, alongside Ai Fukuhara, very much heads the challenge of her country wherever she plays.

In Vrsac, she ended the tournament with two gold medals and one bronze; it was to be the start of a quite prodigious collection.

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Champion in Korea, Ai Fukuhara Reaches Best Ever Status of Three Years Earlier


Gold medallist in Incheon at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Korean Open in July; Japan’s Ai Fukuhara moves from no.9 to no.6 on the Women’s World Rankings issued on Saturday 8th August; in so doing she equals the best ever status of her career.

She reached the same position in August, September and December 2012; the effect of her climb is that Singapore’s Feng Tianwei alongside the Chinese duo of Chen Meng and Wu Yang each drop one place.

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Iran Announces Venues and Dates for 11th Fajr Cup and 24th Fajr Cup


Qazvin and Kish Island will be the venues for two forthcoming international tournaments organised by Table Tennis Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The 11th Fajr Cup for junior and cadet age group players will be held in the International Sports Hall in Qazvin from Friday 15th to Tuesday 19th January 2016; the 24th Fajr Cup for senior players will be staged from Monday 1st to Friday 5th February 2016.

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Perfect China Company, Title Sponsor for 2016 World Team Championships

 08/01/2015       World Team Table Tennis Championships

The Perfect China Company Limited is announced as the title sponsor for the 2016 World Team Championships; organised from Sunday 28th February to Sunday 6th March, proceedings will be staged at the Malawati Stadium, Shah Alam, Greater Kuala Lumpur.

It will be the second time that Malaysia will have hosted the tournament; the one other occasion being in 2000, the first time the event was staged as separate entity as opposed to being included with the individual competitions.

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The Goal to Set African Olympic History, First Step Starts in Yaoundé

 07/13/2015       Olympic Games

Present at every Olympic Games since making his debut in Barcelona in 1992, Segun Toriola possesses a record that puts him amongst the pinnacle of sport in Africa; notably when he competed in Beijing in 2008, he became the first Nigerian man to appear at five Olympic Games.

At the time it was a feat matched by two female Nigerian athletes and one a table tennis player; when Bose Kaffo appeared in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, like Segun Toriola, she was appearing for the fifth time.

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Second Step of Podium in Kobe but Zhu Yuling Achieves New High


Runners up spot at the recently concluded GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Kobe but for China’s Zhu Yuling it is new heights; she is listed at no.4 on the Women’s World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday 2nd July.

She climbs two positions and exceeds her previous best of no.5 which she last held earlier this year in May. Equally there is progress for her compatriot, Chen Meng, the player against whom she experienced defeat in the Kobe final.

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Progress Continues, Higher, Higher and Even Higher for Maharu Yoshimura


One year ago when the Men’s World Rankings were issued for June 2014, he stood at no.109; when the New Year dawned he had made significant advancement to no.57; now on the listings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday 2nd July 2015, the name of Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura appears at no.20.

Previously ten places lower, he now enjoys the highest rating of his career; the elevation being a direct result of his efforts at the recent GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Japan Open, when he finished in runners up spot in the Men’s Singles event, eventually losing to China’s Xu Xin.

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