Table tennis museums
Updated: 2018-05-24
By He Qi in Shanghai (chinadaily.com.cn)

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A section about table tennis at Olympic Games. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Museum and the China Table Tennis Museum, both of which are located at the World Expo Site in Shanghai's Huangpu district, opened to the public on Saturday.

The ITTF Museum was first established in 2003 by the sport's governing body in Lausanne, Switzerland. Later in 2014, the ITTF decided to move the museum to Shanghai as an integrated project with the China Table Tennis Museum. The facility is the first international sports museum in China.

"I knew from my experiences at the 2005 World Championships that Shanghai is the best location for the new museum," said Chuck Hoey, the previous curator of the ITTF museum.

"I am happy about the move to China where the sport is loved and where athletes have had a long tradition of success. Many more people can enjoy the museum in China, and my expectations about the future are very strong."

The museums cover an area of 5,000 square meters with three floors and a basement. The facility features an equipment exhibition area, public service area, interactive experience area, collection technique area and educational research area.

More than 10,000 items related to the sport are showcased in the two museums, including the world's first ping-pong ball and rackets, apparel worn by famous table tennis players, equipment used during the Olympic Games, as well as trophies and medals. The museums also have an advanced VR interactive experience zone, multimedia zone, and a 3D cinema.

The Shanghai University of Sport, which was responsible for the construction and operation of the museums, will hold regular activities in the museums, including face-to-face communications with table tennis world champions, themed exhibitions, lectures and forums.

The museums will open to the public for free from Tuesday to Sunday. Reservations are required.

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A section about the ITTF Merit Award.[Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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A collection of table tennis rackets. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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A pair of rackets produced in the 1940s. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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Trophies exhibited at the museums. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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The exteriors of the museums. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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The exhibition about the origins of table tennis.[Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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Sino-US Ping-pong Diplomacy. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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An old-style ping-pong table. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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A statue donated by Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

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