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China Adds to Collection; Five Players Complete Double, Singles and Team Gold


Gold in the individual events for the Chinese womenís quartet of Zhou Ying, Zhang Bian, Mao Jingdian and Pan Mengyi it was also the top prize in the Womenís Team competitions that were decided on Thursday 23rd October, the penultimate day of play at the 2014 Asian Games in the Korean city of Incheon.

Similarly, in the Menís Team events, Zhao Shuai, likewise from China, added to his Menís Singles triumph of earlier in the week, on a day when four Team events came to a conclusion.

Furthermore, three of the four competitions went the way of China; the one further title decided being secured by the host nation.

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Matches Remain but Fanny Bertrand Assured of Gold on Home Soil


Silver medallist at the European Para Championships in the Italian Adriatic resort of Lignano, Fanny Bertrand of France was very much the player in form on the first day of play, Thursday 23rd October, at the CŰte d'Azur Para Tournament organized by the Olympique Handi Hyerestoulon.

She is the one player to have completed her matches in Womenís Singles Class 3 in an event organised on a group basis.

Furthermore, she has finished her itinerary unbeaten and is thus assured of first place.

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Feng Panfeng, Ma Lin and Zhao Shuai Add to Already Impressive Array of Titles


Chinaís Feng Panfeng, Ma Lin and Zhao Shuai, the reigning Paralympic Games, World and Asian champions added to their list of honours as the individual events came to a close at the Asian Games in the Korean city of Incheon on Wednesday 22nd October.

Feng Panfeng won Menís Singles Class 3, Zhao Shuai secured Menís Singles Class 8 gold; whilst Ma Lin was anointed Menís Singles Class 9 champion.

Furthermore, they won in style, with Zhao Shuai being the player to cause somewhat of a surprise.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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