Thanks to all of our good friends and customers who visited us at this year’s US Open booth! There were many exciting events at this year’s US Open, held in Milwaukee, WI the first weekend in July. There were several events celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy in and around the venue. Over 700 players participated in the U.S. Open, culiminating in an exciting seven-game men’s fnal. The Para Olympic individual and team competitions…
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron joked and high-fived while playing ping pong against a couple of students at a London school on Tuesday, May 24th in London.
Nothing had prepared the world for the startling spectacle that happened in Peking, China in April of 1971. Chinese Premier, Chou En-lai greeted the first American delegation to set foot in the ancient Chinese capital since Mao Tse-tung took control of the land 22 years earlier. After nearly two decades of hostility towards the United States, fifteen American table tennis players and three journalists had made a breakthrough of historic proportions.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy. Paddle Palace is offering this new Ping Pong Diplomacy T-Shirt to commemorate the event. Watch the news for the upcoming 40th Anniversary events planned between China and USA!
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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