28 Nov 2016

Cuban politician, revolutionary, Prime Minister and then President; born in 1926, the same year as the International Table Tennis Federation was founded, Fidel Castro passed away on Friday 25th November.

History will judge Fidel Castro and views of his leadership will vary according to which political philosophy you belong.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

However, when time permitted, he was an avid table tennis player.

“The man who defied 10 United States Presidents;  the late Fidel Castro can be described in many ways but in the ITTF Museum, Fidel is a member of our famous Celebrity Photo Gallery, as he loved to play table tennis”, Chuck Hoey, ITTF Museum Curator.

Note that in the middle photograph Fidel Castro has put his free hand on the table; I share the views of Chuck Hoey; who would have been brave enough to tell him that was against the rules? (Photos: ITTF Museum)



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