01 Jul 2020

Reminiscing about Olympic memories, training hard and a big appointment to the WTT council, this week’s "Player Watch" is packed with content. So, let’s proceed straight into the action:

by Simon Daish

Olympic Day 2020

On Tuesday 23rd June sports fans across the world celebrated Olympic Day 2020, a special commemorative occasion to highlight the magic of the iconic event. A number of table tennis pros also partook in the celebrations with their own personal dedications:


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Olympic Day! 🥰🥰🥰🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼!!!

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Happy Olympic Day ❤️

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Olympic Day ☺️#olympicday #olimpics #happyolympicday #rio2016

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Preparation continues

As you may have seen over the past few weeks in particular, the stars have been ramping up their fitness work ahead of their eventual return to action and this week was no different.

Young French player Marie Migot and Czech Republic’s Hana Matelova have been training together on the table:


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Duss practice, enjoying the game. With @hmatelova Etival power! 💪🏿😘

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Dimitrij Ovtcharov has been working on his service game:


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Never too late for a serve session 😉🏋️‍♀️

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While Suh Hyowon continues to perfect her high ball toss technique:


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#스카이서브 🏓 더더 높게 던지기 😆

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What else have the stars been getting up to?

Aside from reflecting on Olympic memories and training hard, what else have the stars been doing to preoccupy their time over the past week?

Ibrahima Diaw has been enjoying a spot of kayaking in Sweden:

Hugo Calderano appears to have perfected the back flip dunk:


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Backflip-dunk workout 😄💪 #backflip #dunk

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And Debora Vivarelli wowed us with her incredible flexibility:


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no better place than home 🏔@visitsouthtyrol

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Liu Guoliang receives warm welcome

In other news, Chinese table tennis icon Liu Guoliang has taken up a new role as Chair of the World Table Tennis Council with his main responsibilities including taking overall leadership and responsibility for pioneering the future of table tennis.

Liu’s arrival has received wide praise from the table tennis community:

The voice of table tennis himself, Adam Bobrow, also posted his congratulations:

Read more about Liu Guoliang’s new position here.

General News Dimitrij Ovtcharov Hugo Calderano Zhang Mo Natalia Partyka Suh Hyowon liu guoliang Hana Matelova Marcelo Aguirre Ibrahima Diaw Marie Migot Khalid Assar Debora Vivarelli