Table Tennis Plays a Role Again–30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

In order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and U.S., the Chinese Table Tennis Association would like to host a friendly match on Jan. 7, 2009. We wish the USATT help to see if two veteran players, George Braithwaite and Judy Hoarfrost, could come to the event. In addition, we wish to invite two young players (one male, one female) under the age of 18 to come to the event. The relevant expenses incurred from this trip will be born by the General Sport Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China. Did I wish to accept this invitation? You bet!

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Serving by Stellan Bengtsson

Stellan Bengtsson advises, “Make sure you are aware of the consequences of your serve. If you serve long, step out and get ready for the inevitable long return. Don’t set yourself up for a surprise. If you serve heavy under-spin, be prepared for a short reception or a long push, and so on. Mixing up your serves from forehand to backhand is a good way to change the rhythm of the game.”

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Physical Training for the Table Tennis Player, by Stellan Bengtsson

Stellan Bengtsson, former World Champ and respected coach, focuses on physical training for the elements of Endurance, Strength, Speed, and Flexibility for improving your table tennis game. He shares his expert knowledge on how to incorporate these important elements into your training regimen to get results for your game.

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Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Rematch at Nixon Library June 10-11-12, 2008

Liang GeLiang and George Braithwaite

An elaborately staged Ping Pong Diplomacy “Rematch,” was held June 10-12, 2008 at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. It commemorated the Ping Pong Diplomacy of 1971, when the Chinese surprised the World by inviting a U.S. table tennis team to go to China. It was an outstanding diplomatic move alright, for these guests of China comprised the first group of Americans to enter that country in over 20 years. There followed in 1972 the historic visit of President Nixon to China (“Better off in conversation than conflict”), and the reciprocal visit of the Chinese to the U.S.

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