(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)
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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