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World Tour Grand Finals about to Take Off in Cool Dubai

By Abdul Rahim, Special Correspondence from Dubai, UAE Dubai, Jan 8, 2013: Tensions are building in Dubai as the draw for the 1-million-dollar GAC Group 2013 World Tour Grand Final has taken place at the Movenpick Hotel. World and Olympic Champion ZHANG Jike did not have the luck of the draw, as


ITTFNominees for Inaugural Star Awards

Lausanne, Dec 17, 2013: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is excited to announce the nominees for the 2013 ITTF Star Awards to be held in Raffles Hotel in Dubai on 11 January 2014. The inaugural ITTF Star Awards will feature seven awards, including three chosen by the fans, with the proceeds


Korean Jang Shocks Field to Become Champion

Rabat – morocco, Dec 9, 2013: Korean JANG Woojin has stunned the table tennis world by becoming the 2013 World Junior Table Tennis Champion in Rabat, Morocco on 8 December 2013. The 18-year-old sensationally beat three top Chinese players in a row, the same three that won the teams’ gold earlier on


China Retain Both World Junior Team Titles in Morocco

Rabat, Morocco, Dec 5, 2013: China has defended both the men’s and women’s team titles in a pulsating day of table tennis at the 2013 World Junior Table Tennis Championships in Rabat, Morocco. The men’s team comprising of KONG Lingxuan, LIANG Jingkun and ZHOU Kai survived the spirited Japanese trio of Masataka


Players for 1M $ World Tour Grand Finals

Lausanne, Dec 2, 2013: After 19 events, 1,393 players, 7,461 matches, 34,708 games and 635,462 points, the line up for the 1 million dollar GAC 2013 Group World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai on 9-12 January 2014 has been established. The top 16 men and 16 women from the World Tour standings


Last World Junior Championships for Bill Gates

Rabat – Morocco, Dec 1, 2013: The most important international junior table tennis event of the year, the 2013 ITTF World Junior Championships, has kicked off today in Rabat, Morocco. The event, which is heading to Africa for the second time, sees 192 players from 39 countries battle for 7 gold medals


ITTF Launches Coaching Manuals on iTunes

Lausanne, Nov 29, 2013: The In order to attract the younger generation to become table tennis coaches, the ITTF coaching manuals are now available as e-manuals that can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon. “This is another step forward for the ITTF Coach Accreditation System,” stated ITTF Deputy CEO (responsible for Development


FAN Zhendong Prodigy Wins German Open

Berlin, Nov 18, 2013: 16-year-old FAN Zhendong (CHN) has taken the table tennis world by storm, by winning the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Super Series German Open on 17 November 2013 in Berlin, Germany. FAN, who made history last week by becoming the youngest ever ITTF World Tour Champion after


Dubai wins bid for 1 Million dollar 2013 World Tour

Dubai, Oct 21, 2013: The International Table Tennis Federation has awarded Dubai the hosting rights for the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals to be held 9-12 January 2014. For a second year in a row, the prize money for the event will be over the million-dollar mark, which makes


Sharara appoints to 2018 YOG Co-ordination

Lausanne, Oct 17, 2013: Adham Sharara, President of the International Table Tennis Federation, has been appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Co-ordination Commission for the upcoming 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. “It is a great honour to be appointed to the IOC’s Co-ordination Commission for the 2018