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International Umpires Invited to Officiate at 2015 Korea Para Open Championships


The Korea Para Table Tennis Association in liaison with the Korea Table Tennis Association invites International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2015 Korea Para Open Championships.

A Factor 40 tournament for the purpose of World Ranking, the tournament will be held Ulsan, the competition days being Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th September.

It is an open invitation. Therefore not all nominations may be accepted. Furthermore only nominations submitted by bona fide national associations will be considered.

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Furthering Opportunities for Disabled, the Solomon Islands Table Tennis Federation


Situated in the South Pacific Ocean to the north east of Australia, the Solomon Islands was the home for a recent ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course and Training Camp; proceedings commenced on Monday 15th June and concluded on Monday 22nd June.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme and in conjunction with the Oceania Table Tennis Federation, the course was made possible thanks to close co-operation between the Solomon Island Table Tennis Federation and the National Paralympic Committee; the aim being to further opportunities for people with disability.

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The Healthy Sport, Playing Table Tennis Improves Well-Being, a Worldwide Belief


Recently in England a special table tennis table was designed by Butterfly in conjunction with the Bounce Alzheimerís Therapy Foundation; although as yet there is no concrete scientific evidence, there is a growing school of the thought that playing table tennis keeps the mind active and alert. It can help those who unfortunately contract the disease.

Following a somewhat similar line of thought, Merewalesi Vakacegu Roden from Fiji, who is confined to a wheelchair, is of no doubt that playing table is improving her well-being.

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One Surprise Win Follows Another, David Wetherill Partners Martin Perry to Gold


Gold against expectations in Menís Singles Class 6; later in the proceedings, on Saturday 27th June, at the 2015 Romanian International Open Para Championships, Great Britainís David Wetherill secured a second title and once again upset the pecking order.

Organised by the Club Sportiv Lamont in Cluj-Napoca; he partnered compatriot Martin Perry to success in Menís Team Class 6. The pair started the event at the third highest rated outfit in the competition; they finished as the highest.

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London Hero, David Wetherill Secures First International Menís Singles Title


A global reputation gained following his flying forehand top spin at the London 2012 Paralympic Games; once again on Thursday 25th June, Great Britainís David Wetherill was very much the centre of attention.

At the 2015 Romanian International Open Para Championships, organised by the Club Sportiv Lamont in Cluj-Napoca; he caused one of the biggest upsets in the Menís Singles event.

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Unbeaten Throughout, New Name but Familiar Name Claims Two Titles in Spain


A familiar face on the ITTF World Tour between 2003 and 2005 but new to the Para Table Tennis scene; Austriaís Krisztian Gardos, in partnership with Russiaís Ivan Karpov, upset the seeding at the 2016 Spanish Para Open Championships in El Prat de Llobrega.

The duo emerged as the winners of the Menís Team Class 10 event at the three day tournament on Sunday 21st June.

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Spanish Duo Alongside Visitors from Austria, Russia and France Cause Team Upsets


The host nationís Ruben Burgueno and Roberto Rodriguez, alongside the combination of Austriaís Krisztian Gardos and Russiaís Ivan Karpov were the outfits to attract the attention on the second day of play, Saturday 20th June, at the 2015 Spanish Para Open Championships in El Prat de Llobregat.

Both partnerships upset the seeding, as did French duo of Lucas Creange and Antoine Zhao as matters commenced in the Menís Team events.

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Titles Again for Ingela Lundbšck and Ben Despineux as Notable Male Names Stumble


Gold medallist one year ago at the Spanish Para Open Championships, one year later on Friday 19th June, Swedenís Ingela Lundbšck repeated her success; once again staged in El Prat de Llobregat, she won the Womenís Singles Class 3-5 title.

The top seed, at the final hurdle she beat Marie-Christine Fillou of France, the second seed, in four straight games (11-4, 11-3, 11-6) on a day when all three Womenís Singles events saw the top seeds prevail.

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Oceania Champion, Melissa Tapper Leads Australian Challenge in Spain


Crowned Oceania champion earlier this year, Melissa Tapper is one of the names to note at the forthcoming 2015 Spanish Para Open Championships which commences in El Prat de Llobrega on Friday 19th June.

She competes in Womenís Singles Class 9-10 and leads a three strong Australian party; the other members are Rory Carroll and Samuel Von Eimen; they will be on duty in Menís Singles Class 11.

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