Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 20
September 2010
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Hello Friends ...

A busy and productive summer at the ITTF Museum, where there is never a dull moment. First I want to congratulate all who were involved with the first Youth Olympic Games. Our President sends us a fantastic gift from these historic games.

I am very happy to announce several great donations: the extensive Ping Pong Diplomacy files from Dr. J. Rufford Harrison; the specially adapted racket of Rainer Schmidt, the famous Paralympics Gold Medalist; and some historic photos and letters from Libuse Uhrova, former Czech star. It is clear that as the global reputation of our Museum grows, the international Table Tennis community recognizes that there is a proper place where important memorabilia can be preserved and shared for the future.

The Museum also had some prestigious visitors, from the Foundation for Global Sports Development, as well as from the English TTA.
More progress on the ITTF Museum website to report: check out the new gallery for Para Table Tennis. Finally, please look at the Museum's targets and do your best to help us achieve our goals. The ITTF Museum must be a team effort, so I am counting on your support.

The venue and awesome night view of Singapore
1st Youth Olympic Games

The first Youth Olympic Games took place in beautiful Singapore in August. What a great opportunity for these young people, to experience the Olympic ideals and prepare for the future. ITTF President Adham Sharara was presented with a superb set of the Youth Olympic Games gold, silver and bronze medals, which he kindly conveyed to the ITTF Museum. These will help us preserve the memories of this historic event. Bravo to the Organizers, and to all the athletes: Citius, Altius, Fortius.
Libuse Uhrova Donation

Libuse Uhrova has once again proved to be a great help to the ITTF Museum. The former Czech internationalist has donated a series of historic photographs, letters from World Champions, autographs and several issues of the first ITTF magazine, edited by Marcel Corbillon in 1950-52. No issues of the magazine had survived in the ITTF Archives, so these are welcome additions - many thanks Libuse! Now I am inspired to work hard to find issues 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 to complete the series.
Rainer Schmidt Donation

We are very pleased to announce a fine donation from Rainer Schmidt of Bonn. The world famous Para-Table Tennis expert has sent his specially adapted racket, and this is now featured in our PTT exhibit. Rainer has quite an impressive collection: 4 Paralympic Gold and 3 Silver medals, and 6 World Championships Gold medals! Check out his website: This racket enables the ITTF Museum to preserve his incredible legacy, now featured in the new Para Table Tennis gallery on the Museum website. Thank you Rainer for this great donation.
Rufford Harrison Donation

Rufford Harrison (USA) has kindly sent his entire collection of items relating to Ping Pong Diplomacy during 1971 and 1972. The donation is packed with historic photographs, original news clippings, correspondence and other documents, a complete record of this important episode in world history. Rufford was part of the American delegation that visited China in 1971. He has served the global Table Tennis community for over 50 years. We salute Rufford for his contributions to our sport, and for helping us to preserve and promote Table Tennis history.

Global Sports Development Visit

Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich of the Foundation for Global Sports Development visited the ITTF HQs in September, and they enjoyed a Museum tour. The Foundation promotes sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics among the world's youth, and offers grants to fund sports programs for kids.

Visit their website at:

Website Updates

A new gallery in the Sport History section of the ITTF Museum website has been added, for Para Table Tennis. From the Museum homepage: click on the trophy, then select NEW: Para Table Tennis from the pull up gallery menu at bottom center.

Targeting, an important
ITTF Museum strategy


ITTF Magazines:
1950-1952 edited by Marcel Corbillon

  • Issues 1, 2, 3, 6, 7

    Celebrity TT photos:
  • Usain Bolt
  • Michael Phelps
  • David Beckham

    Contact the curator to donate any items we are missing. Thanks for your help!

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    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 2.82 million pages downloaded in 2009.

    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 Summer 2010 edition was released on 1 August, a 30-page special issue in honor of the 5 year anniversary of the ITTF Museum opening its doors to the public. The Fall issue will be published on 1 November - be sure to download it.

    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.