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Table Tennis on Agenda, for King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at Toledo Anniversary


A sport for all, table tennis has no barriers and breaks down barriers; once again that phrase was recently endorsed in Spain.

On Tuesday 10th February, King Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia visited the National Hospital for Paraplegics in Toledo, a town situated in central Spain, 70 kilometres south of Madrid.

The royals were present to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment and high on the agenda was table tennis.

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Exchanging Caribbean Sunshine for Below Zero in Northern Europe

 02/21/2015       Swedish Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit

Impressive on home soil at the 2014 ITTF Cadet Challenge, Tyrese Knight from Barbados is one of a group of players who has exchanged the sunshine of the Caribbean, where shorts and swimwear are the clothes, for the rather cooler temperatures of Northern Europe with thick coats, gloves and scarfs being the mandatory garments.

He is present at the Safir International in Örebro which commenced on Wednesday 18th February and will conclude on Sunday 22nd February; he is one of a group of players from the region

Also present are players from Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica on addition to Puerto Rico, who provide strong challengers for honours in the guise of Brian Afanador and Adriana Diaz.

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Opportunity to Officiate in Canada, North America Cup Follows Junior Circuit


Table Tennis Canada invites national governing bodies to nominate International Umpires to officiate at the 2015 Canadian Junior Open from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th May followed immediately by the ITTF North America Cup from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th May.

Both tournaments will be staged in Toronto, being test events for the forthcoming Pan American Games.

Nominations may be made for either or both tournaments.

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Invitation to Officiate at 2015 Hungarian Para Table Tennis Open


An invitation is extended to for 20 International Umpires to officiate in the forthcoming 2015 Hungarian Para Table Tennis Open.

The tournament will be staged in Eger from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March.

It is an open invitation; therefore not all nominations may be accepted. Furthermore, only nominations made by National Associations will be considered.

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Invitation for International Umpires to Officiate in Bendigo, Australia


The Oceania Table Tennis Federation in conjunction with Table Tennis Australia invites National Associations to nominate International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2015 ITTF-Oceania Cup and Para Table Tennis Championships.

Both tournaments will be staged in Bendigo, Australia from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April,

A total of 15 International Umpires (Australian and International) is required to officiate in the event to be staged in the country's capital city.

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International Umpires Invited to Officiate at 2015 Lignano Masters Para Open


The Italian Table Tennis Federation invites national governing bodies to nominate International Para Table Tennis Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2015 Lignano Masters Para Open to be staged in Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Play commences on Wednesday 18th March and concludes on Saturday 21st March.

A maximum of eight submissions per National Association is requested; International Umpires without Para Table Tennis experience may be nominated if necessary.

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Copenhagen, Home for Para Table Tennis Meeting Prior to Start of Busy Year


The tournament calendar for Para Table Tennis begins in the city of Eger with the 2015 Hungarian Open; play starts on Friday 13th March.

It is one of over 20 such events on a busy calendar, in a year where qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games assumes ever greater importance.

However, prior to a ball being hit in anger, a Para Table Tennis Meeting is currently being held in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen.

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Previous Courses Staged Successfully but Most Recent a First for Ecuador


Guayaquil, the largest city in the South American country of Ecuador, is no stranger to courses organized under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme.

Evelio Alvarez conducted coach education courses in both 2006 and 2007, as did Leandro Olvech in 2008 and Francisco Seijas in 2010

However, the itinerary arranged from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November 2014 was somewhat different. It was the first ever course to be held in Ecuador where the focus was entirely on coaching players who have a disability.

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Leading Names Add Team Gold to Earlier Singles Success in Costa Rica


Korea’s Choi Hyunja, Kelly Van Zon of the Netherlands and Germany’s Marlene Reeg; alongside the Chinese pairing of Gu Gai and Zhou Ying emerged as the most successful female players at the 2015 Copa Costa Rica in San José, when proceedings concluded in the three day tournament on Sunday 21st December.

Similarly, for the men, the same accolade was bestowed on the shoulders of China’s Gao Yanming as well as German quartet of Thomas Schmidberger, Valentin Baus, Thomas Rau and Johannes Urban.

All having secured titles in their respective classes earlier in the proceedings in the singles events, added to their tally of gold.

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