Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 7
July 1, 2008
ITTF Museum Newsletter
This issue is dedicated to the Beijing Olympic Games, and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), whose hard work and dedication will ensure success for the greatest celebration of sport on the planet. In the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, Table Tennis ranked 5th overall among all sports in television viewing audience, and that statistic is likely to surge even higher in Beijing. Table Tennis is a happening sport! Bonne chance to the athletes!
Photo by Marius Widmer "We think the ITTF Museum is one of the best sports museums in the world ... very special and professional."

High praise from Mr Gao Xisheng, Vice-Director of the prestigious China Sports Museum, and his colleague Ms Wang Jun, Director of the Education Department, who visited the ITTF Museum in May. They clearly enjoyed the tour and were visibly impressed with the collection. In a follow-up letter they commented: "It was a wonderful experience for us. We think the ITTF museum is one of the best sports museums in the world. Because it is very special and very professional." We love this kind of positive feedback! The photo shows us all pointing to Rong Guotuan, China's first World Table Tennis Champion (1959)
Yao Zhenxu visits from Beijing

ITTF Museum Ambassador Mr. Yao Zhenxu, the Competition Manager for Table Tennis in the Beijing Olympic Games, visited the ITTF Museum in May. He kindly presented the Museum with several gifts from the Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the racket of legendary Jiang Jialiang, World Singles Champion in 1985 and 1987. In Shanghai recently Mr. Yao participated in the Beijing Olympic Torch Run, a great honor for a great man, who has given so much to our sport. Thank you Yao Zhenxu.
Photos by Marius Widmer (left) & XInhua News Agency (right)
Photo by ITTF Museum
IOC Sports Director Visits
Christophe Dubi, Sports Director of the IOC (left), and Pierre Ducrey, Sports Operations Manager, Summer Games (right), visited the ITTF Museum in June. Along with ITTF Executive Director Jordi Serra, our IOC visitors enjoyed a detailed tour of the Museum. Curator Chuck Hoey made sure they had a hands-on museum experience, not just a tour. Our IOC friends were able to handle early original equipment over 100 years old, demonstrate the 'Ping Pong' sound from which the name was derived, and test rackets from later eras, ending with our touch screen video exhibit, which enables the viewer to select best point highlights of any Olympic singles finals, men or women. Christophe and Pierre have proposed an IOC v. ITTF HQs match in the near future, something we are looking forward to. Thanks for your visit!
Generous Donations

The ITTF Museum Donations Program is functioning well, and helpful donations continue to flow in. Several visitors to the Museum have kindly given cash donations at the end of their tour - the money will be put to good use for sure. Libuse Uhrova (CZE) has donated a series of important Table Tennis books, rare vintage photographs & autographs of top Czech players, Gold medals from the 1963 World Championship and the 1958 South American Championships.
Noted collector Jorge Arango (COL) donated a early racket with unusual shape; Paul Ehrlich (FRA) donated a rare Alex Ehrlich racket; and Bela Gabor (HUN) kindly sent a set of 6 of his re-engineered GB-blades.
Our generous sponsor, Double Happiness (DHS) of China has made a fantastic donation of two important TT tables: the last table from the men's singles final in the 2005 World Championships (Shanghai), and incredibly, the last table from the 1961 World Championships (Peking). The Museum has extensive film from the 1961 Worlds, and the action will be projected onto a transparent screen suspended over this historic table.
Joola of Germany is sending a state-of-the-art robot to the Museum, which will form the heart of our Salle de Jeu (Game Room). This will offer our visitors some interactive fun, as well as a great photo opportunity for VIPs.
Heartfelt thanks to all of our supporters, who have helped the ITTF Museum improve to world class status.

Historic DHS table from Shanghai 2005 World Championships

The Champions are watching! Photos by ITTF Museum

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A magazine devoted to the history of Table Tennis and its memorabilia is available free as a pdf download via the ITTF Museum website, or by direct link: Magazine

The Table Tennis Collector is published 4 times a year, and is enjoyed not only by collectors across the globe, but also by those who are fascinated by the colorful history of our sport - over 1 million pages downloaded since the ITTF Museum began its publication in 2006.

Each issue is packed with 24 pages of historic information: research articles, vintage photographs, exhibit reports, and regular columns on auction trends, books and Table Tennis philately. Stay tuned for the Summer 2008 issue, scheduled for release on 1 August; it introduces the first celluloid balls, made in New York in 1873, the beginnings of an historic destiny!

Young players participating in the Swiss Junior Challenge visit the ITTF Museum
Swiss Junior Challenge visitors

A large group of players, parents and the tournament director for the Swiss Junior Challenge tournament visited the ITTF Museum in May. The tournament was held nearby in the commune of Renens, on the western edge of the Olympics capital of Lausanne. There were highlights and interviews on local television. The group enjoyed their tour, as well as videos of star players in our mjni-theater. Hopefully the young champions picked up some tips from the inspiring video action! The Museum donated pins for the winners, and a special pin from the Beijing Olympics for the best overall player performance.
The ITTF Museum will soon be actively arranging group visits from schools, perhaps sowing the seeds of future champions.
Beijing 2008 Pins & Collectibles
A Continuing Update: More pins issued

Did You Know ... ?
There are over 5000 pieces in the ITTF Museum, including 1000 rackets! Why not plan a visit to the Museum soon - groups welcome. Contact the curator to make a reservation.