Mattias Falck wins Fair Play Award

Mattias Falck receives the Richard Bergmann Memorial Fair Play Award from Claude Bergeret, Swaythling Club secretary; Pongi looks on (Photo: Rémy Gros) by Ian Marshall, Editor A most unexpected runners up spot in the men’s singles event at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest; in recognition of his efforts and the manner in which he conducted himself, Mattias Falck received the Richard Bergmann Memorial Fair Play Award when proceedings closed on Sunday 28th April. Thus he became the fourth Swede to gain the accolade. In the year when the Swaythling Club was founded, at the Stockholm 1967 World Championships, the honour was bestowed on Kjell Johansson. Later in 1973 in Sarajevo Stellan Bengtsson emerged the winner, before in 1993 in Gothenburg and 1997

Executive Committee, elected by acclamation

The newly eected Executive Committee (left to right) Harvey Webb, Reto Bazzi, Claude Bergeret, Ebby Schöler and Richard Scruton (Photo: Leon Libin) by Ian Marshall, Editor Elected by acclamation, a new look Executive Committee concluded proceedings at the Annual General Meeting of the Swaythling Club staged on Thursday 25th April on the occasion of the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest. A most well attended gathering, the room in the Hungexpo stadium being full to capacity with some 50 members being present; later being all were able to exchange memories at a most welcome reception. by Ian Marshall, Editor Most notably Ebby Schöler returned to the role of President, a position he had held prior to the Annual General Meeting last year in Halmstad when

Born a century ago, the man who set the standard

Single minded determination; the goal to be the best (Photo: courtesy of Table Tennis Legends) by Ian Marshall, Editor In Prague, at the 1936 World Championships, at the quarter-final stage of the men’s singles event, he beat England’s Adrian Haydon; he prevailed in three straight games (21-9, 21-11, 26-24). At the time, he was 16 years and 341 days old. Today, Wednesday 10th April, we mark 100 years since the birth of one of our greatest ever champions, Richard Bergmann. If on Wednesday 25th April in the Hungarian capital city, a significant day, the day of the Swaythling Club Annual General Meeting who present a sportsmanship award in honour of Richard Bergmann, Tomokazu Harimoto is present in the men’s singles quarter-finals and he