Table Tennis Balls: Going Plastic for Future Events

Samsonov ITTF photo Commencing on Tuesday 1st July 2014, all International Table Tennis Federation sanctioned and World Title events will be played using plastic composite balls instead of the traditional celluloid ball. There are no changes to the regulations already in place; plastic balls have been in accordance with regulations since the 1950′s. Table tennis events may still be played using celluloid balls. On the change, the ITTF President Adham Sharara stated: “Any change in sport usually divides the participants into three groups. The “optimists” who believe the change is for the best; the “pessimists” who believe the change is a disaster; and finally the “indifferent” who just go with the flow.”

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The New Plastic “Poly” Balls: Q & A

Nittaku Poly BallsThe introduction of the new plastic “Poly Ball” for table tennis has created a lot of excitement in the table tennis world. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions with answers direct from Paddle Palace

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Nothing is Impossible – Ibrahim Hamato Plays Table Tennis with No Hands

ibrahimThis ITTF video is the unique story of a man from Egypt who plays table tennis with no hands. Ibrahim Hamato was invited as an honored guest of ITTF President Adham Sharara to visit and enjoy the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Ibrahim Hamato is shown playing table tennis with Jun Mizutani, rated #9 in the World from Japan; Wang Hao, former World Champion from China; Ma Long, #2 World Ranked from China; and Vladimir Samsonov, t.t. legend from Belarus.

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