Mandurah hosts for biggest tournament of year

Medallist in Women's Singles 40-49 Years (left to right) Ina Jozepsone, Lan Zhai, Sarah Sandley, Joanne Shaw (Photo: courtesy of Ina Jozepsone) by Ian Marshall, Editor Organised by Table Tennis Western Australia, a highly successful 2017 Australian Veteran Championships was staged recently in Mandurah from Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th October. Located some 45 miles south of the state capital, Perth, the coastal resort attracted no less than 416 players; the highest number of competitors witnessed for any tournament on this year’s Table Tennis Australia calendar. Notably in addition players from throughout Australia taking part, competitors travelled from China, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, the United States, Vietnam and Wales for the week-long event. Impressively, there were no less than 55 events held with the age

A memorable tournament, memories were shared

Meeting at the Liebherr 2017 Men's World Cup (left to right) Ebby Schöler, Frans Lanckman, Diane Schöler, Dominique Lohest, Marie-France Germiat and Pierre Juliens (Photo: courtesy of SCI Belgium) by Ian Marshall, Editor The Liebherr 2017 Men’s World Cup, which concluded in the Belgian city of Liège on Sunday 22nd October, was a tournament to remember, the defeat of China’s Ma Long, the reigning Olympic Games and World Champion; two European players in the final in the guise of Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll, the happenings will be talked about in years to come with great reverence. Memories and there were those present at the three day tournament staged in the Belgian city of Liège, for whom it was time to remember;

Peace the message from Antalya

The organising committee, their efforts appreciated by all (Photos: Dicle Ekinci) by Dr. Savaş Ertufan, Veteran Table Tennis Association (VMTD) Organised by the local Veteran Table Tennis Players’ Association (VMTD), Kemer a resort with a Mediterranean coastline in the Turkish province of Antalya was the home for the recent 23rd Antalya International Veteran Championships. Proceeding commenced on Monday 25th September and concluded on Friday 29th September. The slogan “Table Tennis Delivers Peace” was the theme for an event that attracted no less than 340 players representing many different age groups and nationalities. They came together to compete in a pleasant and peaceful environment. At the end, some players were awarded medals, some were not but without a doubt, the real achievement of the tournament

Ever closer, the 2018 World Veteran Championships

Officials meet in Düsseldorf (left to right) Thomas Weikert, Gloria Wagener, Petra Sörling, Raul Calin, Hans Westling, Diane Schöler, Ebby Schöler, Reto Bazzi (Photo: Swaything Club International) by Ian Marshall, Editor Just over eight months to go; on Monday 3rd October to be precise it is 257 days, that is all before the first ball will be hit in anger at the 19th World Veteran Championships in the splendid surroundings of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. Proceedings are scheduled to commence in the celebrated United States city on Monday 18th June and will conclude on Saturday 24th June. Time pressing, recently on Sunday 1st October at the German Table Tennis Centre in Düsseldorf, Thomas Weikert, ITTF President and Petra Sörling, ITTF Executive