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Let Me Entertain You, Las Vegas Wins Bid to Stage 2018 World Veteran Championships

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

The international entertainment capital of the wWorld, the city of Las Vegas has won the right to host the 2018 World Veteran Championships.

At a meeting of the Swaythling Club International staged in Suzhou on Wednesday 13th April at the QOROS World Championships; Las Vegas staved strong competition from the Korean city of Suwon, the Japanese metropolis of Kobe and the western seaboard town of Bordeaux.

Venue for the tournament will be the state-of-the art Las Vegas Convention Center, with the planned dates being Monday 18th to Monday 25th June.

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New Anti-Doping Code Explained at Latest Workshop

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Three workshops successfully organized by the ITTF Sports Science and Medical Committee for players and coaches; next on the agenda, at the fourth seminar on Thursday 30th April, was the Anti-Doping Code and Anti-Doping Activities within the International Table Tennis Federation.

Dr. Shiro Matsuo, head of ITTF Anti-Doping and Takuro Okada were the presenters.

Once again, as with previous seminars, the response from those present was most positive; a valuable insight into a highly topical subject had been afforded.

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Asian Table Tennis Signs Affiliation Agreement in Suzhou

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Discussions over, the Asian Table Tennis Union signed the affiliation agreement with the International Table Tennis Federation at the ITTF Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday 30th April at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou.

The affiliation now means that all continental federations have signed similar accords.

Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania had all signed previously,

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Defending Champions Beaten, Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa Reach Final

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Crowned national champions earlier this year, Japanís Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa excelled all expectations on the evening of Thursday 30th April, to reach the final of the Mixed Doubles event at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou.

They overcame DPR Koreaís Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong, the top seeds and defending champions at the semi-final stage.

The no.20 seeds, they emerged successful in six games (11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4) to become the first Japanese pairing to reach the penultimate round of the Mixed Doubles event at a World Championships, since Tokio Tasaka and Sachiko Yokota achieved the feat in 1977 in Birmingham.

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Germans Progress, Patrick Franziska Causes Upset, Timo Boll Wins Thriller

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Crucial to German silver medal winning success at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo but some six months ago having limped out of the TMS 2014 European Championships, departing proceedings with the aid of a crutch, Patrick Franziska was the player to cause the biggest upset in the third round of the Menís Singles event at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou on the evening of the Thursday 30th April.

The no.42 seed, he beat Portugalís Marcos Freitas, the no.8 seed, in five games (13-11, 11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6), on what proved to be a successful evening for Germany, the total reverse for Portugal.

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Progress Continues Unabated, Mu Zi Belies Global Status

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Required to compete on the opening day of play in the qualification group stage of proceedings; the host nationís Mu Zi continued her progress unabated at the QOROS 2015 World Championships.

On the afternoon of Thursday 30th April, in the third round of the Womenís Singles event, she accounted for Japanís Kasumi Ishikawa, emerging successful in four straight games (11-7, 12-10, 12-10, 11-4); it was a performance which underlined the fact that had she not experienced a recent absence from the international scene, she would enjoy a high World ranking.

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Looking Over the Precipice, Jun Mizutani Escapes from Brink of Defeat

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Winner of the Menís Singles title at the US$ 1,000,000 GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Bangkok, Japanís Jun Mizutani escaped from the very brink of defeat in his third round Menís Singles clash on the early afternoon of Thursday 30th April at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou.

Occupying the no.5 seeded position in the competition; he trailed Koreaís Jung Youngsik, the no.21 seed, 7-10 in the decisive seventh game, before recovering to secure victory on his second match point (4-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 13-11).

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A New Member of the Family, Welcome to The World, Melissa Dodean Monteiro

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Portugalís Jo„o Monteiro and Romaniaís Daniela Dodean-Monteiro are probably one of better known husband and wife pairs in the international table tennis arena.

Both displayed outstanding performances at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo.

However, in Suzhou at the QOROS 2015 World Championships, Daniela had to miss the action.

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Heartbreak, Brazil Close to History, Japan on Brink of Sensation

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Valiant efforts but in vain; for Brazilís Cazuo Matsumoto and Thiago Monteiro it was one step short of history, for Japanís Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima, it was heartbreak.

At the quarter-final stage of the Menís Doubles event at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou, on the late morning of Thursday 30th April, Cazuo Matsumoto and Thiago Monteiro held a two games to one lead, before losing to Koreaís Lee Sangsu and Seo Hyundeok in seven games (11-6, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7).

A tension packed contest but only a mild tremor when compared with the dramatic contest on the adjacent table.

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