Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 28
June 2012
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Special Issue:
Shanghai ITTF Museum

Hello Friends ...

I am delighted to devote this Newsletter to our new branch ITTF Museum in Shanghai, which opened on 23 May.
The Museum is located in the beautifully appointed Shanghai Administration of Sports building on bustling Nanjing West Road. Mr. Li Yuyi, Director of the Shanghai Administration of Sports, hosted the Opening Ceremonies, which included the Vice-Mayor of Shanghai, Ms. Zhao Wen. The ITTF was well represented by Honorary ITTF President and Hall of Famer XU Yinsheng, as well as Mr. Yao Zhenxu.

Congratulations and special thanks to all who helped to make this dream become a reality.

Let the photos tell the story ...


Opening Ceremonies

Busts of China's Olympic Champions with a stunning classical Greek Olympic motif backdrop

The 7 ITTF World Championship Cups, hoisted so many times by Chinese stars

Left: Gold medal from Beijing 2008 Olympics. Right: Olympic Award presented by the IOC to Honorary ITTF President Mr XU Yinsheng, who kindly donated it to the Museum

Left: Racket used by Zhang Yining to win Beijing Gold. Right: Rare carved ivory handle racket

Special exhibit about the ITTF and its Presidents
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 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 preserve the history of our sport.

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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 1 May, 28 pages of historical articles, including a feature on Steve Grant's ground breaking new book, Ping Pong Fever, along with another installment on the history of defense, a look at early tournaments, and some great graphics.

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.