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Two Olympic Youth gold medals for China and the Stiga Infinity VPS V

YOG_goldThe singles event at the 2014 Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing has come to a close. China won two gold medals when the overwhelming favorite and STIGA player Fan Zhendong lived up to all expectations and crowned his career with an Olympic gold medal. Chinese player Liu Gaoyang also won gold in the Women’s singles event. Both gold medalists play with the STIGA blade Infinity VPS V. See this article for videos on the players and blade.

Lily Zhang of USA Reached the Semi-Finals of Youth Olympic Games

lily_yog_croppedLily Zhang of USA reached the semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, before a 4-1 defeat by number one seed Duo Hoi Kem of Hong Kong. (11-1, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6). In the other semi-final match, Liu Gaoyang of China overcame Japan’s Miyu Kato in front of 4,000 spectators at Wutaishan Gymnasium. The bronze medal match between Lily Zhang and Miyu Kato is scheduled for 10:00 am on Wednesday, Aug. 20th; and the gold medal match between Duo Hoi Kem and Liu Gaoyang is scheduled for 11:30am.

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.”

Bengtsson Training Camp in Salem, Oregon: Aug 20-24, 2014

705045_10201260899704434_969867684_oThe Willamette Table Tennis Club in Salem, Oregon is pleased to announce our next Stellan and Angie Bengtsson training camp for Wednesday, August 20, 2014 through Sunday, August 24, 2014. This is a special training opportunity with one of the great coaches of the world in a small group setting. Stellan is the 1971 World Singles Champion whose coaching credentials include Waldner, Persson, Karlsson, Lindh, Maze, and other greats. Stellan speaks excellent English, has incredible knowledge, and is truly a gifted teacher.

ITTF Coaching Course

Samson Dubina CoachingThe Samson Dubina Academy will be hosting an ITTF/PTT Level 1 Coaching Course on July 28 in Akron, OH.    The Course is open to all interested Table Tennis Coaches and persons wishing to become certified as ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaches who are 18 years old and older. Coaches completing all the course requirements will receive both ITTF and PTT (Paralympic) Level 1 Certification.  In addition, coaches who pass this course and  who are not USATT Certified will also be awarded “State” Level Coaches Certification by USATT.

2013 US Open Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas: July 2-6

USA Table TennisThe 2013 US Open Table Tennis Championships takes place in Las Vegas July 2-6. The entry form is available when you click on this article. Over 75 events will be held at the spacious Las Vegas Convention Center, including Singles, Doubles, Para, Hardbat, and other Specialty Events. The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is offering special pricing for attendees, and is conveniently located next to the Convention Center: no driving necessary! First deadline is May 11th, and late entry deadline is May 18th, so don’t delay!

Lily Zhang Wins Women’s ITTF-North American Cup Title

Lily Zhang US Nat 2012 ALily Zhang won the 2013, ITTF-North American Cup in Westchester NY. Her ICC/STIGA Team mate, Timothy Wang was runner-up to Andre Ho from Canada. Both Lily and Timothy continue to show consistent winning results in major events. Credit goes to these two talented players and their dedication to training, as-well-as to their coaches and to the tremendous support they all receive from the ICC/STIGA Elite Team.

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