06 Feb 2021

The Proceedings Book of the 16th ITTF Sports Congress held on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April 2019 in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, prior to the commencement of the Liebherr World Championships, is now available.

By Ian Marshall

Delayed somewhat owing to the Covid-19 pandemic with health matters understandably taking priority, the book is edited by Prof. Miran Kondric, Chair of the ITTF Sports Science and Medical Committee, alongside David Paar and Kei Kamijima. Subjects addressed at the Congress are covered; notably all relevant papers having been reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity.

A publication of 406 pages, extensive research is reported in great detail. The effect of forehand top spin play on the lower part of the body is analysed as is the men’s singles final at Liebherr 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf.

Likewise, there is a comparison and analysis of the techniques and tactics performed by Zhang Jike when using a new plastic ball as opposed the celluloid ball.

Furthermore, if multi-ball is a subject of interest; an ever more used aspect in training, the topic is covered.

Overall, there are some 37 science papers on the menu. Furthermore, there are five professional reviews. Notably, Sheng Wu addresses the subject of classification, impairments, and research in para table tennis. Meanwhile, Peter Karai and Csaba Szanka consider the wide-ranging topic regarding the beneficial effects of the sport of table tennis.

Comprehensive, the publication has been made possible thanks to the co-operation received from all concerned. Thanks, in particular, are due to the Hungarian Table Tennis Association, the University of Pécs and the Organising Committee of the World Table Tennis Championships.

Most importantly there is a debt of gratitude to be paid to all who contributed in whatever manner; the care taken in presenting such a detailed book pays great credit to all concerned.

Undoubtedly, a way forward for the sport of table tennis is presented.
Proceedings book can be found at: ITTF Sports Science Congresses – International Table Tennis Federation

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