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Table Tennis Amidst the Pandemic

(By Angie Tan) In a time where a cough will attract hundreds of glares and a maskless face causes others to repel yards away from you, I managed to continue picking up my table tennis paddle and driving with all my might. Despite not being able to practice with my coaches for a period of […]

The life of a table tennis coach in Covid times

(By pingponged TV) In our third video we tackle a different subject: we talked to Ernesto Ebuen, a player born in the Philippines who migrated to the United States in 2007 where he has been able to build a career in table tennis: as a player, as a coach and as co-founder of PINGPOD: a […]

OPEN DOORS: Rhode Island Table Tennis to Reopen League

(by Steve Hopkins) Rhode Island Table Tennis (RITTA) announced this week that they will reopen League play beginning August 3rd.  The club has been opened since June when the State allowed gyms and sports venues to reopen.  Since then, RITTA has been open on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with tables available by appointment only.  This […]

China Working Hard Under Lockdown

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo Courtesy of ITTF) As much of the table tennis world is beginning to emerge from their various lockdown circumstances, many are discussing how they have had to stay fit with robots, limited training partners, and other hardships.  This is not the case with the Chinese Team.  China’s National Team was abroad as […]

ITTF Calendar: Japan Open Latest Covid Casualty

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo Courtesy of ITTF) The 2020 ITTF Calendar continues to shrink as they deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  ITTF announced today that the Japan Open has been cancelled.  This event was scheduled at the end of April, and it had been postponed with the hopes of playing the event this Fall.  The announcement […]

ITTF COVID-19 Donations: #TableTennisUnited Campaign

(by Steve Hopkins) With the table tennis community suffering across the whole world, the ITTF Foundation has launched an initiative they are calling the Table Tennis United Donation Campaign.  The goal is to support athletes, coaches, umpires, associations, and field projects that need help as they emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. The Donation Campaign is […]

Open Doors: A Cautionary Korean Tale

(by Steve Hopkins, photo from Yonhap News where caption notes this club in Western Seoul had a confirmed infection) South Korea reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 today, a day after reporting 50 new cases.  This is two days in a row over a threshold of 50 – a government set limit on new cases […]

OPEN DOORS: Rhode Island Table Tennis Reopens

(by Steve Hopkins) The State of Rhode Island started a new COVID-19 recovery phase on June 1 allowing gyms and sports venues to open with new regulations in place for reporting, operation, cleaning, and social distancing. The Rhode Island Club will be opening beginning on June 8. Initially the club will be open for three […]

Open Doors: Texas Table Tennis Center (Houston)

(by Steve Hopkins) The Texas Table Tennis Center (TTT) opened last week in Houston, Texas.  Beginning Wednesday, May 18, the State of Texas allowed gyms to reopen and TTT opened for the first time two days later on May 20th. When they opened, they did so with reduced capacity. The tables were rearranged with mostly […]

ITTF Releases COVID-19 Recommendations

(by Steve Hopkins) On Friday, the ITTF released a document titled COVID-19 Guidelines.  The  Detailed Guide (PDF) and the  One-page instructions (PDF) are available through the ITTF website. The recommendations are very similar to recommendations provided by other sports and other businesses.  Personal hygiene is stressed.  Masks should be worn, cover one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing.  […]

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