Second Round Exit for Dimitar Karavainov

Jürgen Geiger (back to camera) ended the hopes of Dimitar Karavainov m Present at the Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships in Oman is Bulgaria's Dimitar Karavainov, a member of the Swaythling Club International. Alas, on Thursday 19th January, competing in men's singles 70-74 years, it was a second round exit. Wins in opposition to India's Gurumurthy Kargal (13-11, 11-7, 11-7) and Ukraine's Volodymyr Antonov (12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4) secured first place in the initial stage group and progress to the main draw. An opening round bye, in round two he was beaten by Germany’s Jürgen Geiger in a full distance five games encounter (5-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5). n Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships: List of Entrants Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships: Mixed Doubles Muscat 2023 World Veteran

Ina Jozepsone Makes Perfect Start in Muscat

Ina Jozepsone partners Germany's Sylvia Messer in women's doubles 50-54 years v Very much a play in form at the Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships is Latvia’s Ina Jozepsone, a member of the Swaythling Club International. Competing in women’s singles 50-54 years she completed the opening day of action, Monday 15th December unbeaten, not only was it three wins from three matches, it was the perfect record, not one game surrendered and not one game decided by the minimal margin. She beat India’s Trupti Machwe (11-4, 11-4, 11-9), followed by Japan’s Norie Hamajima (11-8, 11-6, 11-4) and Korea Republic’s Kang Mikyung (11-4, 11-6, 11-3). Now on the second day of play, she partners Germany’s Sylvia Messer in women’s doubles 50-54 years. Always prepared to lend a

Penti Niukkanen Looks Back

A positive start for Penti Niukkanen (Photo: Owen Hammond) nnnnnnnnnn On duty when the tournament was first staged in 1982 in Gothenburg, present ever since that date, on Monday 16th January, at the Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships, Finland’s Penti Niukkanen made a most promising start to proceedings. Competing in men’s singles 80-84 years, in his opening contest he was beaten by Iran’s Sohrab Taherian (11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4) but recovered to overcome the German duo of Bruno Thumann (12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10) and Dietmar Peche (7-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-0). He spoke to Claude Bergeret, President of the Swaythling Club International. nnn Looking Back What are your best memories of the first WVC in 1982 in Gothenburg? Do you mean the sporting side or the night life! In

Alfred Ludwig Reflects

Alfred Ludwig delighted to play in Muscat (Photo: Owen Hammond) nnnnnnnnn Ever present at the World Veteran Championships since the very first edition of the tournament was staged in 1982 in Gothenburg; in Muscat, the opening day of action, Monday 15th January, was one of the more testing for Germany’s Alfred Ludwig. Alas, in men’s singles 80-84 years it was three matches played, three defeats. He was beaten by Japan’s Motoharu Mizuuchi (12-10, 11-9, 11-8) and Iran’s Mohammad Al-Jafrari (11-6, 11-8, 11-8) prior to experiencing defeat when opposing Australia’s Harry Bligh (11-6, 11-7, 11-4). Nevertheless, he was not downhearted; he was in a most positive mood when speaking to Claude Bergeret, President of the Swaythling Club International. mmmmmmmmmm Reflections What are your best memories of the first WVC

Swaythling Club Members on First Day Action

Claude Bergeret and Reto Bazzi report from Muscat g Supported by the Swaythling Club International, five players were on duty on the opening day of play, Monday 15th January, at the 2023 World Veteran Championships in Muscat, Oman. Women's Singles 65-69 Years - Suzanne Pedersen (Denmark) versus Christina Roth (Germany) nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Men's Singles 60-65 Years - Zsolt-Georg Bohm (Germany) versus Sridhar Seshadri (India) mm Men's Singles 55-59 Years - Jean Louis Lamarre (France) versus Mehmet Ziya (Turkey) bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb Men's Singles 60-65 Years - Aleksander Matkovic (Serbia) veersus Rajesh Kamble (India) nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Men's Singles 55-59 Years - Mika Pyykkö (Finland) opposed Franck Nemmour (France) mmmmm Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships: List of Entrants Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships: Mixed Doubles Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships: Full Results

Swaythling Club at Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships

Zsolt-Georg Böhm will compete in Muscat bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb The opening ceremony scheduled for Sunday 15th January; five players are present in Oman at the Muscat 2023 World Veteran Championships as guests of the Swaythling Club International. They are: Zsolt-Georg Bohm (Germany) Jean-Louis Lamarre (France) Alexander Matkovic (Serbia) Susanne Perdersen (Denmark) Mika Pyykko (Finland) Two further players are present on behalf of the local organising committee and the Swaythling Club International. Ismail Al-Sulaimani (Oman) Sultain Al-RIYAMI (Oman) Meanwhile, there are two players on the entry list of particular note: Pentti Niukkanen (Finland)   Alfred Ludwig (Germany) They will play in the events for player over 80 years of age; both competed in the inaugural World Veteran Championships in 1982 in Gothenburg and have been present ever since that date! Sunday 15th January: Claude Bergeret, President of the Swaythling

Paul Gimbel (1941-2022)

Paul Gimbel always positive. A member of the Swaythling Club International, Paul Gimbel passed away on Sunday 18th September; he was 81 years old. At the Stockholm 1957 World Championships, he reached last 32 of the men’s singles event; the year in which at the Netherlands national championships he won both junior and senior titles. Additional to table tennis he was one of the first rock and roll artists in the Netherlands; his recording “Clap your hands and twist” can be found on YouTube. A somewhat rebellious character in the 1960s, later he turned his attention to the financial world. Paul Gimbel, rock and roll star (Photo: Bert van der Helm)

At the Summit

Pedro Moura seized the opportunity for a group photograph nnnnn Members of the Swaythling Club International were very much in evidence at the inaugural ITTF Summit staged in the Jordanian capital city of Amman from Sunday 4th to Tuesday 6th December. Opened by Petra Sörling, ITTF President and a member of the Swaythling Club International, some 22 members attended the club's Annual General Meeting on the evening of Sunday 4th December. Success for Claude Bergeret (Photo: ITTF) nnnn Claude Bergeret points to a key word at the Summit (Photo: ITTF) b Claude Bergeret with possible new Swaythling Club members? Liu Shiwen and He Xiao (Photo: ITTF) b 2022 Annual General Meeting in Amman (Sunday 4th December) Members Claude Bergeret – President Reto Bazi – Deputy President Richard Scruton – Treasurer Harvey Webb – Secretary Oivind

Swiss Swaythling Club Meets

Left (front to back): Georg Silberschmidt, Martin Hafen, Elmira Antonyan, Thomas Sadecky, Anton Lehmann Right (front to back): Reto Bazzi, Thomas Busin, Tu Tien Si, Tu Dai Yong, Theresia Földy, Claude Diethelm Missing: Louis Fiedler vc by Anton Lehmann, Secretary, Swiss Swaythling Club For the first time since COVID-19, namely on 5th November 2022 in Lucerne, twelve members of the Swiss Section of the Swaythling Club (SCS) met for the traditional Annual General Meeting, which as usual took place in three parts. Aat the beginning we met in the popular museum "Swiss Museum of Transport", then followed the protocol part of the General Meeting. The successful event ended with the culinary and convivial part at the Lido restaurant on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Thomas Sadecky