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Hungarian Capital City, Budapest, Bids to Host 2019 World Championships


Budapest, the capital city of Hungary has been announced as the sole bidder for the 2019 World Championships, an event they have not hosted since 1950.

The announcement came after officials from the International Table Tennis Federation visited the Syma Hall, the venue proposed for the Championships to determine as to whether it was suitable to host the global event.

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Celebration Time, Ma Long Completes One Year Uninterupted in Top Spot


Accession to the top spot on the Menís World Rankings in March 2015; Chinaís Ma Long completes one year at the very pinnacle; he is named in first position on the listing published by the International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday 3rd February.

Overall it is the 42nd time on the monthly publications that his name has appeared on the highest line; he first appeared at the head of the list in January 2010.

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One Step Short in Budapest but Reward for Yang Haeun


Doubles titles a plenty but such an accolade in a Womenís Singles events on the ITTF World Tour remains elusive. Recently in Budapest, for the third time in her career, she had to settle for the second step of the podium; at the final hurdle she was beaten by Hong Kongís Tie Yana.

However, there is cause for Koreaís Yang Haeun to celebrate; on the Womenís World Rankings, issued on Wednesday 3rd February, she climbs from no.17 to no.11, the highest listing of her young career.

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Bold Appearance, Trusspeed, the Table Designed for History

 02/01/2016       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Trusspeed is the name of the table tennis table on which history will be made; it the state-of-the-art table produced by Butterfly for the forthcoming Perfect 2016 World Team Championships.

The event will be staged in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur from Sunday 28th February to Sunday 6th March.

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Media Scholarship Winners Announced for Perfect 2016 World Championships

 01/31/2016       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Present for Team Asia at the 2005 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, then later in her career on duty at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; Indiaís Neha Aggarwal is one of three media interns selected to attend the forthcoming Perfect 2016 World Team Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Play commences on Sunday 28th February and concludes on Sunday 6th March.

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Closing Date Approaches for Media Internships

 01/07/2016       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Applications for the three media internships, offered by the International Table Tennis Federation to attend the Perfect 2016 World Team Championships which commence in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 28th, are still open; but the deadline date is approaching rapidly.

Prospective candidates must reply on or before Sunday 10th January 2016.

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Old Year Concluded in Style, New Year Dawns on High Note


Chinaís Ma Long and Japanís Yuya Oshima were very much the players to end the Old Year in style. At the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Lisbon, Portugal, Ma Long won the Menís Singles event; Yuya Oshima secured the Under 21 Menís Singles title and with colleague Masataka Morizono clinched Menís Doubles gold.

Now, they are very much the players, to start the New Year on high note.

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Finalist in Lisbon, Chen Meng Rewarded for Efforts, Climbs World Order


Runner up at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in December in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, Chen Meng is the player to make the most noticeable progress on the Womenís World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Monday 4th January.

Beaten by fellow Chinese National team member, Ding Ning in the final but earlier in the proceedings recording wins over Japanís Mima Ito, compatriot Liu Shiwen and Koreaís Jeon Jihee, the 20 year old advances from no.8 to no.5.

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The ITTF World Tour Comes of Age, Extensive Calendar for New Year


A final to remember in Lisbon, Ma Long recovered from what appeared imminent defeat at the hands of his Chinese National Team colleague, Fan Zhendong, on the evening of Sunday 13th December to bring the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour to a close.

The year could not have ended on a more dramatic note; it is over and that event is resigned to the memory, it is resigned to history, now we look forward to 2016, the year the ITTF World Tour comes of age.

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