Chuck Hoey, Curator

"un havre de paix et de tranquillité."
Issue # 31
April 2013
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Hello Friends ...

The World Championships are fast approaching, and the ITTF will present some exhibits, including our Timeline History, Celebrity Photo Gallery, and racket evolution. Good luck to the competitors!

The ITTF Museum website statistics are in from 2012. These showed a dramatic increase in readers of the ITTF Museum magazine, The Table Tennis Collector. I am pleased to announce that over 21.6 million pages were downloaded in 2012, more than double 2010 stats. Thanks to all for your continued support. We also received some great feedback for the museum website, full of valuable content and so easy to use.

We had a prestigious visitor in March, the Director General of the United Nations (Geneva), Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, one of the world's top diplomats. And from Guangzhou comes a report from Museum Ambassador Yao Zhenxu about another ITTF Museum exhibition, Chinese style.

Mr Tokayev showed great form in our robot challenge. As Honorary President of the Kazakhstan Table Tennis Federation, he has many years of experience in our sport.
United Nations Visit

United Nations Director General Kassym-Jomart Tokayev enjoyed some ITTF-style Ping Pong Diplomacy during his recent visit to the ITTF Museum. After a warm welcome by ITTF President Adham Sharara, the Secretary General toured the Museum with great interest.

Mr. Tokayev was fascinated by the old drum rackets, and visibly enjoyed our Celebrity Photo Gallery. He also closely studied the ITTF Timeline History, and saw some top class Table Tennis on our touch screen video exhibits. The 2009 World Cup Gold medal donated by Vladimir Samsonov was of special interest, as Mr. Tokayev saw that match!

After the tour Adham showed Mr Tokayev the rest of the chateau, pausing for a photo opportunity with the magnificent London torch. An aperitif and gift exchange in the Museum were the finishing touches to a prestigious and memorable visit.

Fascinated by the 111 year-old drum racket

All smiles in our Celebrity Photo Gallery

Mr. Tokayev with the London 2012 torch

Enjoying an historic racket, used by legendary Angelica Rozeanu, who won a record 6 consecutive World Singles titles.

Chuck presents our distinguished visitor an antique racket

ITTF President Adham Sharara exchanges gifts

ITTF Museum Website
The Museum website recently received good reviews from a member of the ITTF President's Advisory Committee (PAC): "I'm not at all surprised that the magazine rates so highly. There can be few, if any, magazines of its type that set and maintain such a high standard. In addition, the website is a joy to find your way around ..." From a researcher in the UK: "your website is extremely warm and inviting and strikes me as a true labour of love. I have worked with archivists and museum curators elsewhere and this has by far been the most fruitful and helpful ..." And from the International Swimming Hall of Fame: "... an incredible collection and of all the sports museums in the world, we find your online presence to be by far the best."

I love such positive feedback, which suggests that the Museum website is working well and is appreciated by our visitors, VIPs, researchers, and fans alike. My web design philosophy is always user friendly, and I hope to continue to earn our users' trust and praise!
Paris Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
World Championships

The LIEBHERR ITTF Museum exhibition will be staged during the World Championships in Paris-Bercy, 13-20 May 2013. The exhibition will be in two locations: Part 1 will be in the public galleries R & S, featuring a racket evolution theme; Part 2 includes the ITTF Illustrated Timeline History and the Celebrity Photo Gallery, in Corridor D. The Association of French Table Tennis Collectors (AFCTT) will also present a philatelic exhibition. See you soon!
World Team Classic Exhibition

Our friend Yao Zhenxu reports from Guangzhou that an ITTF Museum exhibition was presented during the recent World Team Classic. China's Table Tennis World Champions were invited to the Baiyun Yong Tai Ping Pong Sports Park, where the exhibition was held, and they planted a "champion of the woods". The 7 ITTF World Championship Cups were shown, along with our Illustrated Timeline History, antique rackets and other memorabilia. Well done Mr. Yao !

Entrance to Baiyun Yong Tai Ping Pong Sports Club

The ITTF Museum Exhibition Hall
The 7 ITTF World Championships trophies

The ITTF Timeline History exhibit

Part of a racket evolution theme
ITTF Museum Targets

Please Help Us Find These Items:

Olympic torch:
Seoul 1988

Rackets from World & Olympic Champions

Missing World Championship match scores:
MS: 1936 Rd/16, 1939 Rd/16, QF 1949 Rd/16
WS: 1936: Rd/16 1939: Rd/16, QF 1947: Rd/16
MD: 1935: Rd/16 1936: Rd/16, QF 1939: Rd/16
WD: 1935: Rd/16 1936, 1939, 1947: all 1950: Rd/16
XD: 1933: Rd/16 1935: Rd/16 1936: all 1937: Rd/16

Visit: Missing Scores for a full list.

Targeting, an important
ITTF Museum strategy

Celebrity Table Tennis photos wanted:
HRH Prince Harry
Usain Bolt
Michael Phelps
David Beckham
Sir Chris Hoy

Contact the curator if you can help. Thanks !

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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. Be sure to check out the latest edition, scheduled for release on 1 May.

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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.