Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 17
March 1, 2010
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Dear Friends: Winter has finally released its grip and there are hints of Spring everywhere. Despite the icy weather these last 2 months have seen a lot of activity at the ITTF Museum. The Para-Table Tennis Committee held their annual meeting at the ITTF HQs, and it was great to see our friends, including Beijing Paralympics Gold Medalist Vince Boury (FRA), who donated his special racket to the Museum last year. The Museum was also honored to receive a visit by the talented Bose Kaffo of Nigeria. Bose is a 5-time Olympian, the most for any woman, a winner on and off the table.
Visitors from Sportaccord toured the Museum on 25 February. Francoise Gagouret is Manager of the new Sportaccord Doping-Free Sport Unit.
Check out the latest from software ace Sharif Sourour, who sends us "more sprinkles on the cake."
ITTF Consultant Yao Zhenxu set up an impressive exhibit at DHS HQs in Shanghai, featuring many materials sent from our museum in Lausanne/Renens. This exhibit will become the twin ITTF Museum in the Shanghai Sports Museum when their building is completed in 2011. Mr. Yao also arranged for our Museum in Lausanne/Renens a presentation set of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the 2008 World Team Championships in Guangzhou. Yao Zhenxu is a true Museum Friend!
The 2010 World Team Championships in Moscow are fast approaching, and the ITTF Museum will stage a museum exhibition, so be sure to find us in the venue and come in for a visit between matches.
5-time Olympian Bose Kaffo of Nigeria
teaches our robot a few tricks
5-time Olympian Bose Kaffo

The ITTF Museum was honored to receive a visit from 5-time Olympian Bose Kaffo of Nigeria. Bose was in Lausanne for a sports management seminar, so this gave her the opportunity to not only tour the museum, but to acquire some advanced coaching manuals for use in her country. Bose is a winner on and off the table. She won 4 Golds at the 1995 African Games, and was African Champion from 1990 to 2006, a total of 24 Gold Medals in the two major African events. She also lectures on Sports Biomechanics at the Nigeria Institute for Sports, and will conduct Table Tennis courses in her country. Bose hopes for further responsibilities representing Africa in the future.

The ITTF Para-Table Tennis Committee convened in January for their annual conference. Great to see old friends again, and to meet new committee members! A Museum tour was arranged, ending with a special Para-Table Tennis exhibit, featuring a racket from Beijing 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist Vince Boury (FRA), medals and photos.

Silas Cheung presents historic
Para-Table Tennis medals
Para-Table Tennis Committee

Photo by Lill Bhagwan

Sportaccord Visit

Sportaccord, formerly known as General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF), was created "to unite, support and promote its Member Inter-
national Sports Federations and Organizations for the co-ordination and protection of their common aims and interests, communication and cooperation." Manager of their new Doping-Free Sport Unit Francoise Dagouret & colleague Natalie Mills visited ITTF HQs and toured the Museum on 25 February. They were impressed with the exhibits, including the touch screen videos, and ended their tour with a fun-filled session against our robot, which always puts a smile on our visitors' faces.
More Sprinkles on the Cake!

That is how our ace software consultant Sharif Sourour colorfully reported his latest improvements to the Virtual Tour - and sweet those sprinkles are! Working from Japan, Sharif has implemented a great new functionality that enables me to keep the Tour more current. Our Museum exhibits are never static, often refreshed to reflect new acquisitions and donations. Sharif's software sprinkles now allow immediate updates to both the photos and the text, as well as enhanced performance. Well done Sharif!
Moscow Update

The World Team Championships in Moscow are fast approaching, and the ITTF Museum has initiated the logistics planning for yet another major exhibition. As always the shipping arrangements are crucial, requiring close coordination with the host country and their Customs requirements. This process is now in progress, and ITTF Executive Director of Operations Jordi Serra will visit Moscow in mid-March to finalize plans.

For those Readers going to Moscow for the World Championships, please make a point to visit the ITTF Museum exhibition. We need your support! The exhibition will be announced in the official program, and hopefully a map of the venue area as well as multi-lingual signs will be available to show the location of the exhibition. See you in Moscow!
Medals from 2008
World Teams, Guangzhou

It is always a special pleasure to add another set of Gold-Silver-Bronze medals from the World Champion-ships to our Museum exhibits. This beautiful set of the Gold-Silver-Bronze medals is from the 2008 World Team Championships, held in Guangzhou, China. ITTF Consultant Yao Zhenxu kindly made the arrangements for the Museum, and we are grateful to Yao and the 2008 World Team Championship Organizing Committee.
Museum friend and ITTF consultant Yao Zhenxu sends an update from Shanghai, where the future twin ITTF Museum began with an exhibition at the beautiful HQs of Museum sponsor DHS. ITTF President Adham Sharara and DHS Chairman Huang Yongwu formally opened the exhibition on 14 January 2010. Joining the opening ceremonies were DHS General Manager Lou Shihe, Shanghai Sports Federation Deputy Secretary-General Wu Xinmin, and former World Champions Jiang Jialiang and Zhang Deying.
ITTF Museum Shanghai Exhibition at the DHS HQs entrance lobby in Shanghai
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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.