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Liu Jing and Zhang Bian Add Asian Gold to Paralympic Games and World Titles

 10/21/2014      

Reigning Paralympic Games and World champions, Chinaís Liu Jing and Zhang Bian, added to their collection of titles at the 2014 Asian Para Games in the Korean city of Incheon on Tuesday 21st October.

Liu Jing won Womenís Singles Class 1-2 to repeat her success in London in 2012 and earlier in the year in Beijing; whilst Zhang Bian followed suit by clinching the top prize in Womenís Singles Class 5.

Organised on a group basis, Liu Jing finished ahead of Koreaís Seo Suyeon and Jordanís Maha Al-Bargouthi; Zhang Bian accounted for the host nationís Jung Younga at the final hurdle (11-4, 11-8, 11-3), having ousted Jordanís Khetam Abuawad at the semi-final stage (11-5, 11-1, 11-3).

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Spectacular Open Ceremony Greets Athletes and Officials in Incheon

 10/20/2014      

A lavish Opening Ceremony greeted players, coaches and officials for the start of the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon on Saturday 18th October.

In best Korean tradition, the country welcomed its guests for what is the second edition of the multi-sport gathering. The first was held four years in the Chinese city of Guangzhou,

The Asian Para Games superseded the FESPIC Games (Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled) which was dissolved in November 2006 when the last such event was staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Seeking to Own the Big Three, China Formidable Force at Asian Para Games

 10/18/2014      

Dominant at the ITTF World Para Championships which concluded in Beijing on Monday 15th September; China fields a formidable outfit for the table tennis events at the forthcoming Asian Para Games.

Proceedings start in the Korean city of Incheon on Saturday 18th October.

In Beijing, a tournament which attracted 309 players from 45 countries, China departed proceedings with the lionís share of medals.

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Alena Kanova Once Again Returned Para Representative for Athletesí Commission

 10/18/2014      

Bronze medallist in Womenís Singles Class 3 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games; the Slovak Republicís Alena Kanova has once again been returned as the Paralympic Table Tennis representative for the ITTF Athletesí Commission.

She received 48.95 per cent of the votes cast, finishing ahead of Hungary's Andras Csonka, Russia's Sergey Poddunbyy and South Africa's Tankison Hata.

An all-round sportswoman, Alena Kanova not only competed in the London Paralympic Games; more recently Sochi she was on duty for the Slovak Republic in the Winter Paralympic Games.

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Successful World Para Championships; Once Again Spotlight Falls on Asia

 10/10/2014      

A highly successful ITTF- Para World Championships completed in Beijing in mid-September; after a short pause, attention now focuses on the Asian Para Games in the city of Incheon.

Proceedings start on Friday 18th October and will conclude one week later on Friday 24th October. No doubt a highly competitive event awaits, with many of the gold medallists from Beijing eligible to compete.

Furthermore, potentially there are six players who could complete the trilogy of Olympic, World and Asian gold.

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International Paralympic Committee Confirms Table Tennis at 2020 Games

 10/08/2014      

Table Tennis has been confirmed as one of the first 16 sports that will comprise the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board made the decision at their meeting in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday 7th October 2014.

Notably, Table Tennis was included in the first Paralympic Games in Rome 1960 and has been included in every ensuing edition since. It means Tokyo 2020 will be the 16th time Table Tennis will be in the Paralympic Games.

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Major Step for in Palau, Ministry of Education Supports Olympic Solidarity Course

 10/03/2014      

Located in the Western Pacific Ocean, Palau was the home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course from Thursday 18th to Friday 26th September 2014.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme and with the support of Olympic Solidarity, the expert on duty was Michael Brown, the Development Officer for the Oceania Table Tennis Federation and no stranger to the islands.

In June 2012 and in July 2013, he visited Palau to conduct courses supported by Olympic Solidarity, as did his predecessors.

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Medallists Receive Memorable Invitation, Brazilian President Hosts Special Reception

 09/20/2014      

A visit to the countryís capital city of Brasilia to meet Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian President, on Friday 19th September was the reward for the nationís 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 Womenís Singles Class 10, before partnering Jennyfer Parinos and Jane Rodrigues to the same colour medal in Womenís Team Class 9-10.

Meanwhile, in Menís 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 Josť 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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