Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 11
March 1, 2009
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

Much activity to report during the first two months of the new year. I am pleased to report a major acquisition of Table Tennis art which will certainly enhance our exhibits.

Visitors to the Museum included several groups of local youth who really enjoyed the Tour. Executive Director Jordi Serra was on hand to witness their enthusiastic fascination, which culminated in a standing ovation! We also received a delegation from the French National Olympic Committee, and a group from the London 2012 Organizing Committee.

The Gold Medal winner of the Beijing Paralympics, Vince Boury (FRA), arrived for a Para-TT meeting and kindly donated his special racket and shirt from Beijing.

Preparations for the LIEBHERR ITTF Museum exhibition are ongoing as the World Championships in Yokohama fast approach. And I have released the Winter issue of the TT Collector magazine. Check out the stories below.
Bronze Sculptures arrive!

The ITTF Museum has acquired this magnificent pair of solid bronze sculptures, by noted artist John Matthews A.R.C.A. These were trophies in a series of tournaments in England the 1950s. The hands were modelled after 2-time World Champion Johnny Leach. They will be positioned in our Reception area, so the moment you enter the ITTF HQs you know you are in good Table Tennis hands!
ITTF Museum Experience:
Education & Entertainment

That face says it all - the ITTF Museum has become a fun place to visit and learn about the colorful heritage of Table Tennis. New features such as our Touch Screen Video exhibit, showing best-point highlights of all Olympic finals, our theater, showing vintage world championship action, and our game room, with our robot, Zoltan the Conquerer, combine to provide that special interactive experience for our visitors.

Along with our illustrated Timeline History that extends through three rooms, and other historical items dating back to the 1500s, our exhibits also provide a unique educational experience.
Beijing Paralympics Gold Medalist

Vincent Boury (FRA), winner of the Beijing Paralympics Gold Medal, visited the ITTF recently, as part of an ITTF Para-Table Tennis Committee meeting. The personable French athlete kindly presented the ITTF Museum his special racket and shirt from Beijing. This great donation helps to complete an exhibit in the Museum about Para-Table Tennis.

Vince has an amazing record of excellence for many years - visit his website:
to review his many accomplishments, topped off by his triumph in Beijing at the Paralympic Games.

Bravo Vincent!

Preparations for ITTF Museum exhibition in Yokohama

The next World Championships will be hosted in beautiful Yokohama, Japan, from 28 April to 5 May 2009, featuring the Singles and Doubles events. The ITTF Museum will stage an extensive exhibit in the venue, and we hope that players, fans and national delegations will visit our exhibition.

The exhibit will include our illustrated Timeline history of Table Tennis, showing all World Champions & Olympic Gold Medalists, our always popular Celebrity Photo Gallery, racket and ball evolution exhibits, a theater showing vintage matches and top stars, and other exhibits.

Contact the curator to receive e-mails about the new issues:
Online Table Tennis
History Journal

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 - nearly 2 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. The Winter issue was released on 1 February; it tells the story of those bronze sculptures, challenges the readers with another mystery photo, and looks at new dicoveries & old treasures. Visit the Museum homepage: and click on the magazine cover to retrieve any issue. Allow time for the pdf download to complete, as they average 4 MB in size.
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.