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Forward Kazakhstan and Mexico, Kirill Gerassimenko and Marcos Madrid Star

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Notable strides forward in recent years, Kazakhstan continued to make progress in Division Three of the Men’s and Women’s events at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo on Saturday 3rd May,

Both the Men and Women recorded hard fought three-two wins against most worthy opposition.

Once again the player to attract the attention was 17 year old, Kirill Gerassimenko; he remained unbeaten as the men accounted for Estonia.

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Wide Ranging Topics on Agenda at Well-Attended Workshop

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Staged in the splendid premises of the Yoyogi Gymnasium, a state-of-the-art construction which holds all necessary support facilities, in addition to the splendid main arena, where the stars extol their skills at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships, an ITTF Development, Education and Women´s Workshop was held on Tuesday 29th April.

An attendance of over 50 coaches and similarly motivated individuals attended the three hour workshop.

Glenn Tepper (ITTF Deputy Chief Executive Officer), Leandro Olvech (ITTF Director – Development) and Polona Cehovin (ITTF Education and Training Director) alongside Mikael Andersson (ITTF Senior Consultant) all made presentations.

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Hong Kong and Singapore Once Again Reserve Medal Podium Step

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Medal winners two years ago in Dortmund, Singapore and Hong Kong booked their places on the medal rostrum once again.

Both emerged successful at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Championship Division at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo on the morning of Saturday 3rd May.

Singapore, the silver medallists at the Liebherr 2012 World Team Championships, accounted for Germany by three matches to one after Hong Kong had posted an even more impressive victory.

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Members of Athletes Commission Named at ZEN-NOH World Team Championships

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

A plethora activity in the main arena at the ZEN-NOH World Team Championships in Tokyo; there is also intense activity behind the scenes.

Notably on Saturday 3rd May, the members of the Athletes Commission were announced.

The elected members are: Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus), Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium), Zoran Primorac (Croatia), Krisztina Toth (Hungary) and David Powell (Australia).

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Changes for Future World Championships Agreed in Tokyo

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

The popularity is undiminished, whether it be for the current ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships which are currently being staged in the Japanese capital city of Tokyo, or one year ago for the Liebherr World Championships in Paris when the individual events were staged.

Organising the events is a massive logistical and financial undertaking.

At the ITTF Board of Directors Meeting, staged in Tokyo on Friday 2nd May, changes for future World Championships and World Team Championships were agreed.

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In a League of His Own; for Ibrahim Hamadtou Nothing is Impossible

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Ibrahim Hamadtou is the man who defies all preconceptions of table tennis, educates all about where true disability lies.

“Nothing is impossible” is the life mantra of Egypt’s arguably most ingenious para athlete, Ibrahim Hamadtou.

Seeing is believing with Hamadtou undeniably in a league of his own. After losing his arms in a tragic train accident when ten years old, the Egyptian now plays table tennis by serving the ball through flicking it up with his foot and playing with the bat held in his mouth.

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Clear Focus, China and Japan Reach Penultimate Round

 05/02/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

China and Japan booked their places in the semi-finals of the Men’s Championship Division, as proceedings came to a close on the fifth day of play, Friday 2nd May, at the ZEN-NOH World Team Championships in Tokyo.

Both teams posted three-nil wins, both clearly prepared and focused for the task in hand, justifying their status as the respective first and third seeded teams.

Japan, the third seeds, to the delight of their fans with their inflated clappers resonating in unison, recorded a three-nil win against Portugal, whilst on the adjacent table, China, the top seeds, secured victory by the same margin against Austria.

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Last Eight Places Booked, Convincing First Round Performances

 05/02/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Resounding performances were the order of the day, as matters progressed in the opening round of Men’s Division Two at the ZEN-NOH World Team Championships in Tokyo on Friday 2nd May.

Egypt, Italy, Nigeria and the Slovak Republic all recorded three-nil wins to book their places in the quarter-finals.

Omar Assar led Egypt to success against India to cause somewhat of a surprise result; India occupied the second seeded position, Egypt started matters as the fourth seeds.

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Aspirations Alive, Slovenia, England, Brazil and Canada Negotiate Opening Round

 05/02/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Hopes of promotion to the Women's Championship Division; Slovenia, England, Brazil and Canada kept their aspirations alive, by recording Division Two first round wins at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo on Friday 2nd May.

Quarter-final places were duly booked with Brazil having to negotiate the most severe test; they needed the full five matches to halt the aspirations of a spirited Egyptian outfit.

The player to cause the problems for the South Americans was Dina Meshref. She beat Caroline Kumahara (11-6, 11-6, 11-4) and Gui Lin (11-7, 11-6, 11-7).

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