Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 16
January 4, 2010
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

2.82 million pages viewed!
Happy New Year to all of our readers!

As each year comes to a close I like to look back and review each of my operations programs, assess our progress, accomplishments and donations. By all measures 2009 was an excellent year for the ITTF Museum. Special thanks as always to our sponsors, LIEBHERR, DHS and JOOLA for their support.
The new ITTF Executive Committee had the opportunity to see the Museum up close and personal. It is important to have the full support of our top management team
Some new exhibits were installed, including a second touch-screen video exhibit, showing rare scenes of our early champions, and a special exhibit about Para-Table Tennis.
My Acquisitions Program was overall very successful. We were fortunate to acquire some fine art, including several very rare bronze sculptures. The Donations Program continues to thrive, with many excellent donations throughout the year, and we are grateful to all of our thoughtful donors. The Communications Program was as always very busy, with 4 issues of the history journal, and 6 issues of the Newsletter. I am pleased to report that over 2.82 million pages of the magazine were viewed in 2009, more than the previous years combined! The Museum website was improved with 5 language options for the homepage, and a Donate Now capability for cash donations was implemented. The Virtual Tour was updated and improved with new and better quality photographs. The Museum exhibition at the World Championships in Yokohama was very well attended, and we received many compliments about its design and the beautiful brochure. Lastly, plans began for a twin museum in Shanghai, beginning with a special exhibition at DHS Headquarters.

Best wishes to all for continued good health and success in 2010.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, with ITTF Development Program Manager Leandro Olvech and ITTF Executive Vice President Thomas Weikert receiving the Peace and Sport Award

Right: the Peace and Sport Award - "Best Peace Project from an International Sports Federation". C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!
Peace and Sport Award Exhibit

Thanks to the dedicated efforts by the ITTF Development Program team, the ITTF was selected as the best peace project by an international sports federation.
The ceremonies were held in Monaco on November 26, with ITTF Executive Vice President Thomas Weikert and ITTF Development Program Manager Leandro Olvech receiving the prestigious Peace and Sport Award from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The Award is the centerpiece for a new exhibit at the ITTF Museum, a daily reminder of not only the success of ITTF Development teamwork, but also the concept of promoting peace through sport. Congratulations to all who helped bring such great recognition to the ITTF.
Olympic Solidarity Director Visit

The ITTF Museum was honored to receive a visit from the Director of Olympic Solidarity, Pere Miro in November. Pere was impressed with the Museum, especially the touch-screen exhibits, where he could see best point highlights from the Olympic finals. The Barcelona 1992 final won by Waldner over Gatien was especially significant, as Sr. Miro was Deputy Director of Sport in the Organizing Committee for the Barcelona Olympic Games.

Pere was also impressed with our automated Archives website, which has digitized the most important documents throughout ITTF history. The Museum plans to improve this website by making all the documents available in pdf format.

Overall the Museum received great visibility by one of the top persons in the Olympic community, and we thank Pere for his visit.

Pere Miro, Director
Olympic Solidarity
A Gift for the Museum

The holiday season and beginning of the new year usually features gifts for family and friends. I am pleased to announce an important gift for the ITTF Museum, a beautifully detailed solid bronze from the 1930s, 35cm height. The statue really captures the feel of the classic hardbat era.
This fine art helps to create a balance in the Museum, between our technical evolution, sport history and cultural exhibits. I want to encourage all of our readers during 2010 to think about ways to help the ITTF Museum with a meaningful donation. Click here for Donation Guidelines.
We are especially hoping to find official torches from the Olympic Games, needing the torches from Atlanta 1996, Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000 to complete our exhibit. Rackets of World or Olympic Champions are also great to exhibit, and photos of well-known celebrities are also needed for our Celebrity Photo Gallery (Seeking: Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Phelps, David Beckham, Rafael Nadal ...).

Brochure for the planned LIEBHERR ITTF Museum exhibition in Moscow
Moscow World Championships

Preparations for the LIEBHERR ITTF Museum exhibition at the 2010 World Championships in Moscow unfortunately began with the sad news of the passing of Yuri Posevin. He will be sorely missed in the international Table Tennis community; condolences to the family and the Russian Table Tennis Federation.

The exhibition will include a large, semi-open air theater, showing videos of vintage World Championship action from the 1930s onward, as well as an extensive array of Table Tennis historical exhibits. We thank LIEBHERR for their generous support, as well as partners DHS and JOOLA; this enables us to share the ITTF Museum with the fans at each World Championships.

The ITTF Museum home page:
All areas of the website can be accessed via this page
Museum Website News

Our website traffic statistics for 2009 reflect much increased awareness of the ITTF Museum. The quarterly magazine was by a large margin the most popular feature, followed by the Table Tennis history page, the World Champions pdf, then the Technical Evolution galleries, Hall of Fame pdf, the Virtual Tour, and the History of Table Tennis in the Olympic Games.
The ITTF Museum website Photo Galleries were temporarily unavailable due to a technical problem. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors. All other components of the website, including the Virtual Tour, were not affected. I am pleased to announce that the problem is solved and the Gallery photos are once again available.
The Museum extends its thanks to all of our online visitors, with hopes the website accomplishes our mission of preserving and promoting international Table Tennis history. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome - contact the curator at
André Damman (BEL), distinguished member of the ITTF President's Advisory Board (PAC) has prepared an outstanding summary of the Olympic Games in which Table Tennis has appeared. The ITTF Museum is grateful to have received a copy of this great work.
The book begins with 46 pages of charts summarizing the Games by medal winners, medals per Association, number of participations, participants per Association, and an alphabetized list of participants, all indicating which events the players competed. This is followed by a section on each Olympic Games, giving the game scores and match results for every match played. What a fantastic resource!

Congratulations André, and thank you for this valuable contribution to Table Tennis literature and the ITTF Archives. Such data should be shared with the public, and in the true tradition of the ITTF Museum the data will be made accessible online.
Olympic Games Results

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 - over 5 million pages viewed 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 2010 issue is scheduled for release on 1 February; it shows some important Heavy Metal, challenges the readers with another mystery photo, and looks at new dicoveries & old treasures.

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 10000 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.