Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 24
May 2011
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Hello Friends ...

The 2011 World Championships in Rotterdam are now history, a memorable (and exhausting!) experience for all. Congratulations to the new World Champions, to the hard-working Organizers & volunteers, and to all the dedicated ITTF staff. Good to renew old friendships and meet new friends. See below for the story about our 400m2 museum exhibition.
The World Team Championships in Dortmund are only 10 months away, so work must soon begin for our next exhibition. London 2012 Olympics are also a possibility - a busy time ahead in 2012.
As announced on the ITTF website, the Museum received a Diploma award from the International Olympic Committee, personally signed by IOC President Jacques Rogge, for helping the Musée Olympique with their new "Hope - When Sport Can Change the World" exhibition. It is always a pleasure to cooperate with our colleagues at the prestigious Olympic Museum.
Also a pleasure to meet the personable Vivek Kohli of STAG during his visit in April.

World Championships Rotterdam

The ITTF Museum staged a 400m2 exhibition at the recent World Championships in Rotterdam, our sixth major exhibition. This year I invited the host country to participate in the exhibition, to showcase the long tradition of Table Tennis in the Netherlands. This was much appreciated by the local fans.

The main components of the exhibition included the ITTF Timeline history, detailing winners of all World Championships and Olympics events, our always popular Celebrity Photo Gallery, and an 80-seat Theater, where videos of past World Championships were shown. A series of display cases featured old and unusual rackets, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy, London 2012 Olympics, a children's exhibit, and for the first time two exhibits about Para Table Tennis.

Attendance was especially high during the final weekend, including one very special surprise visit by Rainer Schmidt (GER), legendary Paralympic Gold Medalist and Para World Champion. He was delighted to see that his racket he had earlier donated to the ITTF Museum was included in our Rotterdam exhibition.

Some donations to report: an unusual square-head Johnny Leach racket, from ETTA President Alex Murdoch; a series of photos and cards of legendary Richard Bergmann, from Frank Phillips (ENG), a fine Liha (sandpaper) racket inlaid with shell, along with several pins commemorating the Filipino trip to the US Open, from Peter Cua; and a Nittaku blade in a handsome case, arranged by Leandro Olvech; and two Table Tennis coins for the London 2012 Olympic Games, from Jose Ransome. Thank you all for your thoughtful gifts.

The next ITTF Museum exhibition will be at the World Team Championships in Dortmund in March 2012. Remembering the big crowds at our Bremen 2006 exhibition, I am sure we will have a large and appreciative audience. See you there!
The 16-meter ITTF Timeline - a Parade of Champions,
is always an interesting exhibit for the fans

Crowds gather at the unusual rackets exhibit

The Photo Gallery, featuring 100 celebrities playing Table Tennis, another popular exhibit
IOC Diploma Award

The ITTF Museum was presented with a Diploma from the International Olympic Committee, signed by IOC President Jacques Rogge. This was in recognition for helping the Musée Olympique with their new exhibition, "Hope - When Sport Can Change the World". An integral part of their exhibition, which is ongoing through 6 November 2011, is the Ping Pong Diplomacy era (1971-72), when Table Tennis helped foster international relations between China and the USA.

Vivek Kohli Visit

ITTF Executive Director Jordi Serra greets Vivek Kohli

Vivek Kohli, Vice-President of STAG International, a world renowned sports equipment and apparel empire based in India, visited ITTF HQs on 12 April. The business was founded by his grandfather in 1922, and has remained in the family since then, rapidly expanding to 150 countries worldwide.

Before his discussions with ITTF Executive Director Jordi Serra Vivek toured the ITTF Museum. He was fascinated by all the historical exhibits, and he observed that some of the rackets gave him ideas for his own product line.

Please Help Us Find These Items:

ITTF Magazines:
1950-1952 edited by Marcel Corbillon

  • Issues 1, 2, 3, 6, 7

    Celebrity Table Tennis photos:
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  • Usain Bolt
  • Michael Phelps
  • David Beckham

    Olympic torches:
  • Barcelona 1992
  • Seoul 1988

    Rackets from World & Olympic Champions
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