Igor Solopov, the stalwart defender

Igor Solopov at the 1996 Estonia Memorial tournament (Photo: Tomas Aring) by Ian Marshall (Editor) It is with great sadness that the death of Estonia’s Igor Solopov is announced. He passed away on Wednesday 12th June, he was 58 years old. Born on Monday 17th April 1961 in Magnitogorsk, a Russian city located in the foothills of the Ural Mountains, his table tennis career started in the country of his birth in 1971, before eventually moving to Tallinn in Estonia. Right handed he became one of Europe’s leading defensive players, progressing to win a host of domestic titles; however it was on the international stage where he made his mark and gained the respect of all. Overall, he competed in seven World Championships, in addition to