- Ms. Julia WOLF, Germany, Hessischer Rundfunk/ARD German Television (TV)
- Ms. DENG Feifei, China, sports.sina.com.cn (online)
- Mr. Mickaël CARON, France, Le Journal du Dimanche (weekly newspaper)
ITTF Media Committee Chairman Arne MADSEN about this year’s nominations: “We have had more than 50 applications and the standard of the applications was very high. It has been a difficult task to select winners of the media scholarships.”
A special thank you goes to the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) for supporting and publishing the ITTF media scholarship offer on its website.
Two Women in 2009
The high quality of the applications was not the only reason that satisfied MADSEN: “We are very happy that one out of three applications came from a woman journalist.”
Last year’s scholarship holders, Olalekan OKUSAN of Nigeria, Umair Hassan SYED of Pakistan and Philip STALLMEISTER, Germany were all male after only one application of a woman had reached the ITTF. According to a self-defined ITTF policy, at least one scholarship should be offered to a female journalist.
Host for the 6th Time
The H.I.S. 2009 World Table Tennis Championships in Yokohama will be staged from 28th April to 5th May. The five events, Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles as well as Mixed Doubles, will all be played in the Yokohama Arena, one of the largest multipurpose indoor arenas in Japan.
A World Championship has been held five times previously in Japan. Tokyo first hosted it in 1956. Since then, the championships were held at Nagoya in 1972, Tokyo in 1983, Chiba in 1991, and Osaka in 2001. Only one country has hosted the event more often; England organised it seven times between 1926 (London) and 1997 (Manchester).
Media Information Online
More information about the biggest table tennis event in 2009 is on the ITTF website: www.ittf.com/competitions/competitions2.asp?Competition_ID=1792&category=WTTC
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