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Catch the World’s Best Teams in Kuala Lumpur, Start Now

 10/04/2015       World Team Table Tennis Championships

The Swaythling Cup and the Corbillon Cup; they are the trophies at stake at the forthcoming Perfect 2016 World Team Championships to be staged Kuala Lumpur from Sunday 28th February to Sunday 6th March.

Still fresh in our minds is the Qoros 2015 World Championships which concluded some five months ago in early May; it is now less than five to the first ball being struck in anger in the Malaysian capital city; the clock is ticking.

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Outstanding in Bulgaria and Czech Republic, Dramatic Rise for Suthasini Sawettabut


Impressive performances, reaching the latter stages on the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour in both Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, sees Thailand’s 20 year old Suthasini Sawettabut make the quite dramatic rise from no.108 to no.56 on the Women’s World Rankings issued on Wednesday 2nd August.

The new status is considerably higher than any rating she has achieved in the past; her previous best being no.107, a position she held in earlier this year in March, May and July as well as in June 2010.

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Higher and Higher, Meteoric Rise of Yuya Oshima Continues


One year ago he was listed at no.138; one month ago he was at no.60. Now on the Men’s World Rankings, issued on Wednesday 2nd September, he stands at no.22.

Such is the meteoric progress of Japan’s Yuya Oshima, the player who just under one month ago excelled all expectations to reach the semi-final stage of the Men’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour China Open in Chengdu.

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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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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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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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