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Preview to the Youth Olympic Year 2010

December 28, 2009
Marius Widmer, ITTF Press Release
North America hopes to lose "basement" sport image

Swedish born Mikael ANDERSSON is the Executive Director of Education & Training for the International Table Tennis Federation.

With the year 2009 fading out, it is time to look forward to the next year.

Mr. ANDERSSON explains in this interview why the timing of the Youth Olympic Games is perfect, why table tennis will be one of the highlights in Singapore and what he hopes to do in order for table tennis to lose the "ping pong basement image" on the North American continent.

Q.

Table tennis has different perceptions in different parts of the world. What needs to be done to close the gap between ping pong and table tennis?

A.

I would love to see the release of a strong ITTF campaign in North America. This is the number one ping pong continent. Lots of people play at home in the basement without getting the opportunity to play or to watch competitive table tennis. As an organization we also need to realize that something is actually happening in the USA for the moment. In fact we never had as many young promising USA-born prospects in our sport as now. I sincerely hope that we can muster enough energy to come up with a development concept that fits the markets in North America or for that matter Pan America, in order to promote international opportunities for the many young talents on the move for the moment.

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