Chuck Hoey, Curator

"un havre de paix et de tranquillité."
Issue # 32
July 2013
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Hello Friends ...

A very active season for the Museum, including many prominent visitors as well as the 2013 World Championships exhibition in Paris-Bercy. It was officially announced that the Museum will move to China. During the last 10 years it has been a privilege to serve the international TT community, and to have touched so many in a positive way, through my website, publications and exhibitions. I shall always be grateful to ITTF President Adham Sharara for giving me this unique experience. Details and dates to follow.

Nicholas Imhof, Chef de service of the Swiss Canton of Vaud for Sport and Physical Education, was honored by the prestigious Panathlon International in special ceremonies held at the chateau. The Museum impressed nearly 90 distinguished guests from many sports disciplines. We also received visits from DHS/Nittaku, the Shanghai Univ of Sports and the Deputy Secretary General of the Shanghai Municipal Government, and the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology.
The next session of the ITTF Executive Committee will convene in September in Lausanne, a great opportunity to showcase the Museum to our top management.
Shanghai Officials Visit

A group of top officials from Shanghai visited the ITTF Museum 5-6 June. Mr Zhang Hui, Executive Vice Dean of the Chinese Table Tennis College at the Shanghai University of Sport enjoyed a very detailed hands-on museum tour, photographing everything, including my storage closets! He then briefed me on their plans for a massive complex housing the museum, along with an archive, research center, conference center, administrative area, along with an area large enough to host a tournament. Mr Mo Fuchun, Deputy Secretary General of the Shanghai Municipal Government, arrived the following day, also to assess the collection. Our distinguished guests were visibly impressed and we look forward to a positive relationship when the Museum transfers to Shanghai.

VIP visitors from Shanghai: Zhang Hui (L), and Mo Fuchun

The beautiful Palais Omnisport in Paris-Bercy
2013 World Championships
The ITTF Museum staged a small exhibition at the 2013 World Championships in Paris-Bercy. The exhibit was in two parts: the Timeline History and Celebrity Photo Gallery on level 2 near the VIP area, and on level 5 in the public gallery, a series of six 3-shelf vitrines for objet and historic artefacts. Sometimes I unlocked a vitrine and let curious young people handle the old & unusual rackets. Great to see old friends, including the Association of French Table Tennis collectors.

A beautiful 1901 set of Pim-Pam added some French flavor

Exhibit for the 2003 World Championships at the same venue

Are these crowds waiting to see the ITTF Museum exhibition?

Nice to see young people taking an interest in TT history

The Panathlon presentation ceremony

Award winning Nicholas Imhof challenges the robot
Panathlon Honors Nicolas Imhof

The Panathlon International, founded in 1951, consists of 270 clubs across Europe representing 12,000 distinguished members from the international sports community. In ceremonies at the ITTF chateau the Lausanne chapter presented the Prix Panathlon 2013 to Nicolas Imhof, Chef de service de l'education physique et du sport for the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It was a pleasure to meet 90 guests from many sporting disciplines, including Olympians, and they all had the opportunity to tour the Museum. Congratulations Nicolas!
Double Happiness and Nittaku Visit the ITTF Museum

Accompanied by Museum Ambassador Yao Zhenxu, top executives of Double Happiness Sports (DHS) and Nittaku visited the ITTF Museum on 24 May, including Lou Shihe, General Manager of DHS, Yang Zhaohui, General Manager of DHS Suzhou, and Takabayashi Hiromitsu, General Manager of Nittaku China. Our guests enjoyed a detailed tour of the Museum, and were able to handle historic items such as the first Table Tennis rackets and ball from 1890. They also tried the "Ping Pong" sound demo with 111-year old rackets, and enjoyed our touch screen video exhibits. The tour was topped off by the robot challenge. Thank you for your visit!
L-R: Yang Zhaohui (DHS), Chuck, Lou Shihe (DHS), Takabayashi Hiromitsu (Nittaku)


The International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) is based in Lausanne, and it has become a tradition for a group of their students to visit the ITTF Museum each year. Each student is pursuing degrees in various aspects of sport management. The group was lively and perceptive, and they certainly appreciated our extensive presentation of the history of our sport. Their tour was topped off by our entertaining robot challenge, and a unique opportunity to pose for photographs holding an official torch from the 2012 London Olympic Games. A memorable visit.
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, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp ...
Contact the curator if you can help. Thanks !

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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.