Table Tennis Blog
I was one of the first to attend Fred Dove’s brain child, Hardbat championships held at Harlow Batts. Fred went to Barry Hearne a huge sports promoter with the concept of hosting a World Ping Pong Championships in London.
A few years later it all came together and I found myself inside the first World PP Champs in Alexander Palace (Ally Apply).
The event was exceptional, lighting, Cameras, staging, commentators, TV and a huge variety of players from around the world. The beauty of this event was all this but two other factors stood out. The prize money and the unknown of who would be crown World Champion.
4 years on and China was introduced to the sport. They sent over a team which did not do so well, in fact I beat one of the players in my group stage. Year 5 a Chinese player entered the last chance qualification event and lost a match in the group stages. Nevertheless, he came through the group and went on to qualify into the main event. There he seemed to get better and better as the rounds went on and managed to be the first Chinese World PP Champion.
This year, I was asked to enter the last chance qualification event yesterday to replace a drop out. I was told that due to my past record I would have a good chance in qualifying. So, I rearranged some work and thought why not have a bit of fun. As I entered I noticed an Army of Chinese players and coaches, I knew there and then not only would I not qualify but China mean business. The game is about to flip, in China’s way as it has been in Table Tennis. Currently China have 6 main qualifiers and yesterday 5 more qualified from the last chance saloon. That’s 11 Chinese out of 64 players and now the unknown seems to be known!
As much as I love winning and dominating at anything I do, I believe it’s important to create a slight uncertainty and be fair in as many aspects as possible if not all. Why should China be allowed to have 10 players in the main draw? and other countries like Ireland have 1 entry?
There should be a limit of e.g. 2 players per country.
Due to China’s dominance in Table Tennis it has caused many issues for the sport to grow on a global scale (Commercially). I believe this will be the last nail on PP at Ally Pally and the sport will be taken over to China.
I still love the concept and believe something similar should be implemented inside the world of Table Tennis.
To Learn more about Ping Ping, visit http://www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net/
Written by Eli Baraty
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