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Medallists Receive Memorable Invitation, Brazilian President Hosts Special Reception

 09/20/2014      

A visit to the country’s capital city of Brasilia to meet Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian President, on Friday 19th September was the reward for the nation’s players who had gained medals at the recently concluded ITTF-Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing.

Leading the line was Bruna Alexandre who won bronze in Women’s Singles Class 10, before partnering Jennyfer Parinos and Jane Rodrigues to the same colour medal in Women’s Team Class 9-10.

Meanwhile, in Men’s Team Class 1-2, Aloisio Lima and Bruno Peres gained bronze to complete the best ever medal haul for the South American country at a World Para Table Tennis Championships.

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Invitation to Officiate at Copa Costa Rica Para Tournament

 09/18/2014      

The Latin American Table Tennis Union, in liaison with the Costa Rica Table Tennis Association, invites national governing bodies to nominate International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2014 Copa Costa Rica.

A Para tournament, the event will be staged in San José the capital city with play commencing on Friday 19th December and concluding on Sunday 21st December.

It is an open invitation; therefore not all nominations may be accepted. Furthermore, only nominations made by bona fide national associations will be considered.

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Inspirational Video Reaches Two Million YouTube Views

 09/16/2014      

"Nothing is Impossible" an inspirational video which features Ibrahim Hamato has reached now two million YouTube views.

The video shows table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato, who holds the racket in his mouth, following an accident which resulted in the loss of both arms, playing against top international players at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Table Tennis Championships staged in Tokyo from Monday 28th April to Monday 5th May

Undoubtedly, the Egyptian has shot to international stardom expressed on his achievement.

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Viva España, Jordi Morales and Alvaro Valero, Los Conquistadores in Beijing

 09/14/2014       ITTF World Para Championships

Top seeds, China clinched gold in Class 8, as status predicted, but in the two further Men’s Team Standing Categories determined on the concluding day of play, Sunday 14th September, at the 2014 ITTF-World Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing, the top seeds had to settle for second place.

In Men’s Team Class 6-7 and in Class 9-10 it was the second seeds who emerged as the champions.

Spain represented by Alvaro Valera, Jordi Morales and Alberto Seoane secured top prize in Class 6-7; in Class 9-10 it was gold for Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski and Sebastian Powrozniak.

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Gold for China, Germany and Korea; Wheelchair Classes Provide Thrilling Finals

 09/14/2014       ITTF World Para Championships

Epic contests and high drama; China, Germany and Korea were the countries to gain success in the Men’s Team Wheelchair categories staged on the concluding day of play, Sunday 24th September at the 2014 ITTF-World Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing.

Lee Changho, Cho Jaekwan and Nam Kiwon steered Korea gold in Class1; Thomas Schmidberger and Thomas Brüchle combined to secure the first prize for Germany in Class 3.

Meanwhile, in Class 5, China clinched the top prize courtesy of Cao Ningning, Zhang Yan, Guo Xingyuan and Cao Heng.

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China in Control, Four Women’s Team Titles on Offer on Final Day, Four Secured

 09/14/2014       ITTF World Para Championships

The host nation dominated matters on the closing day of play, Sunday 14th September, at the ITTF-World Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing; four titles on offer, all four were secured China.

In Class 1, the combination of Li Qian, Xue Juan and Liu Jing combined to gain success; whilst in Class 5 it was Zhan Bian and Zhang Miao who struck gold.

Two titles won in the Wheelchair Classes, it was two in the Standing Classes. Mao Jingdian, Pan Mengyi and Wang Rui united to secure the top prize in Class 6-8; whilst in Class 9-10 it was the top step of the medal podium for Yang Qian, Lei Lina, Xiong Guiyan and Liu Meng.

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Titles for France and Korea on Penultimate Day in Beijing

 09/13/2014       ITTF World Para Championships

France and Korea secured the titles decided in the Men’s Team events at the 2014 ITTF-World Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing on Saturday 13th September.

Represented by Fabien Lamirault, Stéphane Molliens and Jean-François Ducay; France secured the Men’s Team Class 2 title.

In a group competition they finished ahead of Korea (Kim Mingyu, Kim Kyungmook, Cha Soo Yong) and the Slovak Republic (Jan Riapos, Martin Ludrovsky, Ratislv Revucky).

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Gold for Japan but China the Overriding Force in Women’s Team Events

 09/13/2014       ITTF World Para Championships

China was very much the country to attract the attention in the Women’s events on Saturday 13th September, the penultimate day of play in the 2014 ITTF-World Para Table Tennis Championships.

However, in the one final to be decided it was gold for Japan.

Represented by Maki Ito and Harumi Kimura; the Land of the Rising Sun captured the Class 11 Team title. They finished ahead of Poland’s Ktystyna Siemieniecka, Dorota Nowacka and Monika Dobko with Hong Kong’s Wong Ka Man and Ng Mui Wui in third place.

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Impossible Is Nothing, Part Two: Egypt’s Rezik Eid

 09/13/2014       ITTF World Para Championships

Months after Ibrahim Hamato captured the world’s imagination at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championship in Tokyo, Japan; another Egyptian player looks set to remind us that impossible is nothing.

Meet Hamato’s compatriot Rezik Eid, a 45 year old Para table tennis player whose amazing "from the ground" shot during the ITTF World Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing, China, has left thousands of netizens in awe.

The video, Inspirational Para Table Tennis, has drawn thousands of views, and hundreds of likes and shares within a couple days.

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