2000 World Veteran Championships. U.S. PLAYERS WERE THERE
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2000 World Veteran Championships

2000 World Veteran Championships

(BY TIM BOGGAN)
2000 World Veteran Championships

WELL, SOME U.S. PLAYERS WERE THERE
By Tim Boggan
(From July/August 2000 USA Table Tennis Magazine)

 The 10th World Veterans Championships, held in three venues at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, May 21-27, drew the second largest entry ever for these biennial Championships – 1867 players in Over 40 through 80 Singles and Doubles events. Quite a turnout – though, alas, not enough for the bonus money the CTTA would have received from Canada’s International Conference Services Ltd. had the entries reached a record-breaking 2,000.

Fifty-seven countries participated – with Germany (roughly 560 players) and Japan (roughly 300 players) leading the way. England had more entries than Canada itself (about 100), Canada maybe 15 more than Sweden. The fact that Czechoslovakia, France, Chinese Taipei, Australia, and India all had a larger entry than the U.S. (a mere 40 players) was very disappointing – particularly to Hans Westling, Veterans Executive Committee Chair who’d begun these Championships in 1982, and to Klaus Traeger, head of this year’s Organizing Committee, who told me he’d anticipated 200 U.S. entries!

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