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PostPosted: 19 Jun 2017, 07:38 
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As to the two last postings above: Not quite sure which answer exceeding those on pages 5 and 16 of my Q&A presentation is expected, so assumed these questions were actually already handeled. If, however, I missed something technical to answer, please remind me and I will do.


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Hi Torsten,

If a player is found to be breaking the rules, or even if there is a number of strikes policy for a particular breaking of the rules, it is public.

We amateur players are asking if a ball or any other manufacturer is found breaking the rules if their sanctioning is public in the same way, and if not, make it so.

For example there are rules regarding characteristics of balls. We players can count how many balls in a box are simply not round for example, and see in tournaments the horrible longevity of the DHS 40+ balls that have been used for another example, necessitating a clarification to umpires of what is to occur if a ball breaks in the middle of a rally, and the practice of issuing new balls every so many games.

It seems that no-one is accountable for the situation that there has been with the plastic balls, although it does seem to be getting better (the situation, not the accountability).

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First I am glad to hear, again, that it is now getting better. In my view, one of the reasons for this is that accountability for quality deficiencies clearly lies with the manufacturers. And that they were aware of this and did not push it away. When the ITTF random testing of balls produced some failures, we could observe the information flow between the supplier affected and (if not OEM) his manufacturer. It could clearly be seen that this led to the improvements in design (rather than to denying responsibilities) which is now reflected in balls approved 2016 or later. Of course, those will also be randomly tested.

As to a complete disclosure of failed quality checks, I can only report that I do not see any tendency in ITTF's governing bodys to change this policy.


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PostPosted: 20 Jun 2017, 07:18 
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Thank you yet again Torsten for explaining things as much as you are allowed.

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