A NEW ERA DAWNS N°02 - September 2014

A NEW ERA DAWNS N°02 - September 2014

Read about what happened in the table tennis world since our first issue but also read about the new era which begins. A new name the helm of the International Table Tennis Federation, Thomas Weikert will be the eighth ITTF President, he follows in illustrious shoes; succeeding the charismatic and forward thinking Adham Sharara is a daunting task. Adham Sharara, himself will not depart the scene. He assumes the role of ITTF Chair; this will afford him the opportunity to continue to promote the sport.  It is also a new era also with the new plastic ball, which will be used at every international event and gradually everywhere in the world. Change always causes concern but after a few months, it seems the change has been accepted universally. Immediate reaction suggests the new ball will not cause any major change, just minor adjustments. We must look to the positives, look to the future, the sport of table tennis will continue and will continue to grow from strength to strength. The risks of celluloid are now resigned to history.  Meanwhile, at very heart of the matter in the playing arena in recent months was the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the Men’s Singles winner was China’s Fan Zhendong, his power was awesome; a portent for Rio 2016?  

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