Dr. Peter von Pierer excelled in both disciplines

Dr. Peter von Pierer, sadly missed (Photo; courtesy of Deutscher Tischtennis-Bund) by Deutscher Tischtennis-Bund (translated by Ebby Schöler) Dedicated to promoting table tennis and tennis, highly respected in both sports, a resident of Marloffstein, Dr. Peter von Pierer passed away on Sunday 10th February; he was 88 years old. A sportsman and volunteer, he influenced the direction of each sport; now the DTTB (Deutscher Tischtennis-Bund) and the DTB (Deutscher Tennis-Bund) say “good-bye“ to a long term friend and official Born in Vienna 0n Monday 17th March 1930, Peter settled down in Bavaria; he engaged himself as member of the DTTB Presidency and at the same time as team captain of the DTB. Between 1975 and 1981 he was a sport official and later, until

Lumir Ruzha, an example for all

Lumir Ruzha, World and European veteran champion  (Photo: courtesy of Jaroslav Stanek) by Jaroslav Stanek Many times World and European veteran champion, born on Friday 7th January 1927, Lumir Ruzha passed away on Sunday 17th February. He was 92 years old. For no less than 28 years he led Czech Veteran Committee and he was very active member of Swaythling Club International for many years. Lumir was not only an excellent sportsman, he was an all-round sportsman. As teenager he had played top level ice hockey for the Slavia Prague club; when his ice hockey career finished, he turned his attentions to table tennis. In 1986 he participated in the Veteran European Championship for first time; later in 2002 he won his first men’s singles

Zhang Li, standing alongside the greatest of all

Zhang Li, one of the greatest of all time (Photo: courtesy of Stefan Feth) by Ian Marshall, Editor Born in 1951 in Henan Province, the most decorated member of the Chinese women’s team throughout the 1970s; resident in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, surrounded by her family, Zhang Li passed away on Wednesday 13th February. Although not a smoker and lived a healthy life, undergoing treatment for approaching three and a half years, she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer through a genetic mutation in September 2015. Only 13 years old, she was selected for the provincial team, one year later she joined the national team, moving to Beijing. She made her debut at a World Championships in Nagoya in 1971