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’16 World Team Championships: Retroactive Telepathy

Table Tennis Tidbits #13 By Robert Ho

(BY ROBERT HO)
’16 World Team Championships: Retroactive Telepathy

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was the site of  this gigantic international competition: 87 men’s and 80 women’s teams.  Each nation may field a maximum of 5 men and 5 women each.  3 players are selected for each 2 nation competition—best 3 out of 5.  Because of the large number of teams, the competitors are assigned to one of 4 groups based on world rankng and previous performances. The Championship Division contains the teams with the highest ranking and best previous performances.   A team may move up or down within a group or up or down to another group as determined by its ongoing record.  China, with the best teams in the world sits atop the first group; the U.S. is in group 3.  It was at this tournament that I was “led” to believe I might have telepathic capabilities and might be able to influence the course of events that had already transpired—no, not that China would prevail—“anybody can do that”.

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