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PostPosted: 05 Jul 2016, 23:27 
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ITTF PRESS RELEASE 07/05/2016

In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were played.
In 1926, the first ITTF World Table Tennis Championships
In 1975, everyone remembers the Thrilla in Manila: Ali VS Frazier
In 2016, ????
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is inviting you to a historical launch of a new type of Table Tennis.
Full details will be revealed at 12:00 noon at the German National Olympic Committee House on 4 August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On the impending launch, ITTF's President Thomas WEIKERT stated: "The ITTF is very excited about launching this new form of sport to the world. We have been working very hard on this concept, which we believe will be a fantastic addition to the ITTF family. I can't wait to reveal the details on the 4th."
Full details on the new discipline of table tennis will be revealed on 4 August at the launch, but there will be new equipment, new rules, new attitude and barriers broken! The new form takes table tennis to newdimensionsand rejuvenates the youth in YOU to pick up a racket to play anytime, anywhere!
We look forward to inviting all the media and officials to the German House, which is located at Av. Lucio Costa, 8060 Barra da Tijuca, RJ Barra Blue Beach Club on 4th August 2016 to witness history in the making. For more information, download the official invitation letterhere:ITTF.com/media/invite.gif.

Should we be worried???

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PostPosted: 05 Jul 2016, 23:43 
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PostPosted: 06 Jul 2016, 02:07 
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Table marked out on the floor?
One foot net with 3 inch balls?
Why don't they like table tennis just like it is? :headbang:


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PostPosted: 06 Jul 2016, 02:08 
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New equipment? :swear:
That might explain it.


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PostPosted: 06 Jul 2016, 02:18 
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This bit "a fantastic addition to the ITTF family." implies the regular game will not be changing. It's a new version of the game, presumably to run alongside TT as played now.

After all, you can sell a lot more new stuff with two wholly separate games than by changing one game.


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PostPosted: 06 Jul 2016, 02:41 
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Haggisv, I already opened a thread about this topic called 'Should we be afraid (again)?'. ;)


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I wonder if this is the net height rise thing that has been kicking about for a while now?

Not that I want to see or agree with yet another set of changes to the game.

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I wonder if this is the net height rise thing that has been kicking about for a while now?

Not that I want to see or agree with yet another set of changes to the game.


I don't think so. The only thing passed about net height was to do a study of how high above the current net height rally shots (not serve or receive) are. I think I covered it in an ITTF Watch thread about 2016 ITTF AGM agenda.

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"...rejuvenates the youth in YOU to pick up a racket to play anytime, anywhere!"

Then, give me back the 38 mm ball!


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"...rejuvenates the youth in YOU to pick up a racket to play anytime, anywhere!"

How about demonstrate that by having a game between Thomas and Adham. Let see if they are indeed rejuvenated.


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This sure is unique!!

It could be weird, stupid, or maybe of some value!

I'm eager to see what happens on August 4!

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They're introducing a game where players have bats with frictionless pips on both sides :P :devil: :lol:

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I wouldn't be surprised if it went something like this:

"We'd like to announce that we will be replacing the old, out-of-date plastic balls with new, more reliable, improved balls made from a celluloid-based material!"

Or, professional leagues playing with superballs instead of normal balls! That could be fun. :lol:

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Or they could have adopted the TT game where the table has 5 or 6 segments each netted between each and there is a player in each segment. It was posted by the inventor here some years ago looking for people to promote it in there areas. Maybe he got some traction with it and someone in the ITTF decided they could further their cause with it.

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Full details on the new discipline of table tennis will be revealed on 4 August at the launch, but there will be new equipment, new rules, new attitude and barriers broken!


Sounds like me when I'm retrieving... :lol: :angel:

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