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Title Regained in Zagreb Alexandre Cassin Now Leading European Name


Runner up one year ago, Alexandre Cassin of France regained his Junior Boysí Singles title at the recent European Youth Championships in Zagreb; the win in the Croatian capital city also means he replaces Sloveniaís Darko Jorgic as the continentís leading name on the Under 18 Boysí World Rankings.

Issued on Monday 1st August, Alexandre Cassin advances one place to no.5; for Darko Jorgic, who occupied the top spot earlier this year in May and June, it is a drop of one place. He is now in the no.6 spot.

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Double Fish Agrees Further Four Agreement for ITTF World Tour Grand Finals


Current equipment suppliers for the prestigious ITTF World Tour Grand Finals; the Double Fish Company, based in the Chinese city of Guangzhou has agreed to extend the agreement for a further four years.

The deal was negotiated by TMS International, the marketing partner of the International Table Tennis Federation.

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Editorial Opportunity to Write for New ITTF Website


On Monday 1st August the International Table Tennis Federation will launch a new website; one of the aims is to provide even more comprehensive coverage than is already available.

In order to facilitate the initiative three part time writers will join the ITTF Publications Editor to provide round the clock news stories to make the new the one stop shop for table tennis news.

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New Names, Winner in Pyongyang Enter Standings


Finalists in Pyongyang, DPR Koreaís Kang Wi Hun and Chinaís Xu Yingbin enter the 2016 ITTF World Tour Menís Singles Standings following their success in the capital of the Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea on Sunday 3rd July.

Kang Wi Hun, the winner, appears at no.29 (100 points), with Xu Yingbin, the runner up at no.48 (50 points).

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New Heights for French Trio, Major Progress for Brazil Ahead of Rio Olympic Games


Progress for France on the Menís World Rankings published on Monday 4th July with Simon Gauzy, Tristan Flore and Benjamin Brossier climbing to new heights but if any country should be rejoicing with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games moving ever closer, it is the host nation.

Hugo Calderano, Gustavo Tsuboi and Cazuo Matsumoto, the three players who form the Brazilian Menís Team for the forthcoming prestigious event, all make major progress.

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Victory at Last, Ding Ning Joins Liu Shiwen in Top Spot


The runner up in Kuwait, Qatar and Japan but now success in Korea; Ding Ning joins her Chinese National Team colleague, Liu Shiwen, the player she beat in the Incheon final on Sunday 26th June, at the top of the ITTF World Tour Womenís Singles Standings (1,400 points).

Meanwhile, on the counterpart Menís Singles Standings, despite defeat at the hands of colleague Xu Xin, Chinaís Ma Long retains his stranglehold on top spot in the Menís Singles Standings (1,800 points).

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ITTF YouTube Channel Reaches One Hundred Million Views


Created in 2010, the YouTube channel of the International Table Tennis Federation has now reached the staggering total of 100,000,000 views.

It is the fourth international federation YouTube channel to reach the milestone; the others being Football (FIFA), Basketball (FIBA) and Badminton (BWF). The success illustrates the fact that table tennis stands tall in the sporting world and that the interest is truly global.

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Top Step of Podium in Tokyo, Liu Shiwen Returns to Top of Standings


Success in Tokyo on Sunday 19th June, Chinaís Liu Shiwen returns to the top of the ITTF World Tour Womenís Singles Standings (1,100 points); formerly in third spot, she replaces Japanís Kasumi Ishikawa in first place.

Colleague, Ding Ning, the beaten finalist remains in second place (900 points) with Kasumi Ishikawa (656 points) and Chinaís Li Xiaoxia (600 points) the next in line.

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The Face of Olivasi but Can Vladimir Samsonov Compete with the Face of Dish?


An easily recognisable face promoting a company; one of the most recognisable is that of Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus. He is the face of Olivasi, a Spanish company which, as the name suggests, sells olive oil.

Vladimir Samsonov lives in Spain and he may just have competition from other celebrated Spaniards as the most famous face in the country; a certain Rafael Nadal might run him close.

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