Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 26
November 2011
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Hello Friends ...

Much activity to report from the ITTF Museum, including some distinguished visitors. We were honored to receive a visit by H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani – Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee. ITTF Honorary Life Member & President's Advisory Council (PAC) member Colin Clemett also visited. Yao Zhenxu staged a very successful ITTF Museum exhibition at the China Open in Suzhou. Sadly Swedish legend Kjell Johansson has passed away, but his memory lives on, thanks to a kind and thoughtful donation of his racket from 1973 by Magnus Sturesson. Jean Devys has continued to be a generous patron of the Museum, and we are pleased to report another fine historic donation. And a new capability is now installed on the Museum homepage: a list of ITTF Merit Award recipients.

The Final Relay reports on the arrival of an Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games torch - beautiful! And the November issue of the Table Tennis Collector magazine has been released. Check it out, a free pdf download, via the Museum homepage or simply click on the magazine cover below. Enjoy!
H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani
Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee
Qatar Olympic Committee Visit

H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani
Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee, visited the ITTF HQs in October. After a meeting with ITTF Executive Director Jordi Serra, His Excellency enjoyed a tour of the ITTF Museum with his entourage. The Sheikh showed great interest in our historical exhibits, especially the ITTF Timeline, showing all World and Olympic Champions, which he studied carefully. Afterwards the Sheikh challenged our robot and demonstrated good form, finishing with a royal smile. Always great to end the museum tour with a smile.
Kjell Johansson Remembered


Sadly Swedish legend 4-time World Champion Kjell Johansson has passed away, but his memory will be forever preserved in the ITTF Museum, thanks to the kind and thoughtful donation by Magnus Sturesson of Kjell's personal racket which he used in 1973. Kjell also won 10 Gold Medals at the European Championships. Here is a link to his career record, courtesy of the ITTF Statistics Database:

Kjell Johansson career record

Kjell Johansson's personal racket from 1973

Thank you Magnus for this magnificent donation. Bravo!
ITTF Museum Exhibition
China Open, Suzhou

by Yao Zhenxu

Our friend Yao Zhenxu (CHN) reports that he staged an ITTF Museum exhibition at the Harmony 2011 China Open in Suzhou. The exhibition was well situated in the audience area of the competition hall. The main exhibits were the ITTF Timeline history, along with 8 exhibition cabinets, displaying early racket and ball evolution, and other historic items. Local newspapers publicized the exhibition, which attracted large audiences every day due to its prime location. Congratulations to Yao Zhenxu for all his hard work with the exhibition.
Jean Devys Donation

Jean Devys of France has donated yet another historical treasure to the ITTF Museum. The winner of the ITTF Museum Lifetime Achievement Award presented us with a beautifully preserved original programme from the 1950 World Championships, Budapest. The cover is autographed by World Champions Johnny Leach, Victor Barna, Richard Bergmann, Ferenc Sido and Gizi Farkas. The back cover has many more autographs of other notable players.
A special gift from a very special man. Jean is in the process of donating his world renowned Table Tennis philatelic collection as well. Check out the websites I have constructed in his honor:
Jean Devys Philatelic Collection
The Final Relay

I am pleased to announce that another Olympic torch has arrived, completing a 15-year relay from the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. This is a personal donation to the ITTF Museum by your curator, which will help us create a spectacular tribute to Table Tennis as an Olympic sport. The memories live on, Deng Yaping's repeat performance of two Gold Medals, Liu Guoliang also winning two Golds, and Jürg Rosskopfs Bronze in the singles.

Help us to complete our Olympic exhibit - see Museum Targets below.

ITTF Executive Director Jordi Serra accepts the torch
Colin Clemett Visit

It is always a pleasure to meet Colin Clemett (ENG), who is a true expert on Table Tennis history. The long-time ITTF Rules Committee Chairman visited us in October to do some research for his upcoming book, From London to London, for release during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Colin always has some great surprises for the Museum, for example, he helped us to restore the ITTF Archives, not only World Championship programmes, but also the series of the first ITTF magazine from the 1950s. Colin also delivered some missing World Championship match scores, such as the long lost Hazi-Glancz quarterfinal match in the Men's Singles at the 1932 World Championships. Thank you Colin - keep up the great work you are doing for Table Tennis!

ITTF Museum Targets

Please Help Us Find These Items:

Olympic torches:
Barcelona 1992
Seoul 1988

Rackets from World & Olympic Champions

Missing World Championship match scores:
Men's Singles: 1936 Rd/16, 1939 Rd/16, QF
Women's: Paris 1933/34: Rd/16,QF,SF 1939: Rd/16, QF

Celebrity Table Tennis photos:
HRH Prince Harry
Usain Bolt
Michael Phelps
David Beckham

Targeting, an important
ITTF Museum strategy

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

Check out how I have helped our museum through my own personal donations:
Chuck's Donations
I hope that our readers will show a similar spirit of giving to help the ITTF Museum grow.

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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 10.5 million pages downloaded in 2010.

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 latest edition was released on 2 November, 28 pages of historical articles, including a feature on the history of Barna rackets, vintage photos and a new discovery of an old treasure, an original oil painting from 1902.

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.