Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 13
July 1, 2009
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk


Much activity to report at the ITTF Museum this summer! After our return from the World Championships in Yokohama, work began on repairs of water damage to some of the museum walls, a common problem in very old buildings (construction on the chateau began in 1692). They also installed some preventive measures and sealed the walls with special paint. Then the museum exhibits were restored and everything was cleaned. A relief to have the work done, and just in time for an ITTF Executive Committee visit, to show our museum to the newly elected Officers.

We also received several important donations, including a philatelic collection from Japan, a shirt and signed racket from K. Kreanga (GRE), two programs for the ITTF Archives, and a giant autographed racket, in honor of Hungary's Csilla Batorfi.

Work has begun on designing a special exhibition in the main lobby of Double Happiness Sports at their HQs in Shanghai. We are coordinating the exhibit with Museum Friend Yao Zhenxu. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Sports Museum is being constructed, and the ITTF is planning to create a twin museum in their facility. Mr. Yao, who is an ITTF consultant, will manage the twin museum, which will be created from a combination of ITTF HQs Museum materials, and Chinese related items.

ITTF Executive Committee Visits the ITTF Museum

On Saturday, 27 June the newly elected Executive Committee arrived for a visit of the ITTF HQs and Museum. The group included ITTF President Adham Sharara, Yang Shu'an, Deputy President, 6 Executive Vice-Presidents: Neil Harwood, Koji Kimura, Melecio Rivera, Thomas Weikert, Cherif Hajem, Petra Sörling, Executive Director Jordi Serra, Marketing Director Steve Dainton and Judit Farago, Executive Director, Competition Programs. We are happy to receive very positive feedback about the Museum from this prestigious group of executives. 3-time World Doubles Champion Koji Kimura demonstrated his skill by a convincing defeat of our robot, Zoltan the Conqueror!
Recent Donations

The ITTF Museum is proud to announce several important recent donations. Mrs. Reiko Miyagawa of Japan kindly presented the ITTF Museum with an extensive philatelic collection. She preserved a record of her wonderful collection by publishing a book, Stamps - Connecting the Table Tennis World. We are grateful for this generous donation, which helps bring the ITTF Museum philatelic collection up-to-date.
Giant Autographed Racket

Judit Farago (HUN), ITTF Director of Competitions, presented the ITTF Museum with a giant racket autographed by top stars such as Kong Linghui, Zhang Yining, ITTF President Adham Sharara and others. The autographs were collected at a special event to honor Hungary's legendary Csilla Batorfi for her retirement. Thank you Judit for arranging this donation, and Bravo Csilla!
Kreanga Shirt & Racket

Kalinikos Kreanga, the great star from Greece, has kindly donated his shirt and signed racket. Special thanks to Coach Michalis Katsikadelis & the Hellenic Table Tennis Federation, Emmanuel Kolibadis, President, and Dimosthenis Messinis, Hon. General Secretary, for making the arrangements. Such donations help the ITTF Museum to preserve & promote the legacies of the top stars of our sport, and I sincerely hope that other top players will do the same, for our planned Wall of Champions.
ITTF Archives Completed
World Championship Programs

We are pleased to announce that the ITTF Museum has received the last two original World Championship programs needed to complete the ITTF Archives: Stockholm 1928 and Berlin 1930, presented by Colin Clemett on behalf of the English Table Tennis Association Archives. The ITTF Museum is in turn locating items in our Archives that pertain to the ETTA. Recently the Museum provided copies of Ron Crayden's meticulous records of 45 English International events. We appreciate this healthy cooperation.
OGI now in English!

At the World Championships in Yokohama the English translation of OGI: The Life of Ichiro Ogimura, by Mitsuru Jojima, was released. According to the press release, the book was originally published as Ping Pong-san in 2007 by Kodansha. The book "has left a deep impression on many Japanese fans of table tennis. It is the biography of Ichiro Ogimura, 2-time World Singles Champion, innovator, visionary and the former President of the International Table Tennis Federation; it also documents his close relationship with Mrs. Hisae Uehara, owner of the table tennis hall that gave him continuous support."

Compelling reading about heroes of our sport, and heroes of the heart. A must read for all Table Tennis enthusiasts. Order your copy today at:

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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 - over 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 Spring issue was released on 1 May; it shows some surprising Heavy Metal from Japan, challenges the readers with another mystery photo, and looks at new dicoveries & old treasures. The Summer 2009 issue is scheduled for release on 1 August. Visit the Museum homepage: and click on the magazine cover icon 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.