The official ping magazine N°4 - January 2015

The official ping magazine N°4 - January 2015

Welcome to our official Ping magazine, one which visits the four corners of the world. Read about what happened in the table tennis world since our last issue; from the concluding tournament on the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour to the Grand Finals in Bangkok, matters concluding with a dramatic Men’s Singles final between Jun Mizutani and Dima Ovtcharov. Success for Jun Mizutani and one match earlier success for Kasumi Ishikawa, who beat Korea’s Seo Hyowon in four straight games to claim the Women’s Singles title. Certainly good news for Japan, their young players are undoubtedly worthy of being called world class. Is a new era set to dawn or will China continue its dominance? The World Team Cup in Dubai suggests the latter! Unquestionably Japan has a rich history in the sport of table tennis, so has Sweden. The names of the late Hans Alser and Kjell Johansson are legendary as are those of Stellan Bengtsson, Ulf “Tickan” Carlsson, Eril Lindh, Mikael Appelgren and more recently Peter Karlsson, Jörgen Persson and the one and only Jan-Ove Waldner. Illustrious names and once again those who have given crowds around the world such memorable moments to savour will once again be in international action next year. The ITTF Legends Tour is planned to commence next March. A first year for this publication now completed; my thanks to all who have made it possible, enjoy reading.   Happy new year.

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