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Major World Table Tennis Championship Coming to Auckland

STAG 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis – Auckland

Major World Table Tennis Championship Coming to Auckland

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Table Tennis New Zealand are excited by the quality and number of world class Table Tennis exponents who will be in Auckland for the World Veterans Championship in May next year.

As the confirmed number of entries passes 2,000 from over 50 countries Paul Kyle, Chairman of Table Tennis New Zealand is pleased to announce that Indian sports equipment manufacturer and distributor, STAG International will sponsor the World Veteran Table Tennis Championships to be held at Auckland’s Trusts Arena from May 12-17, 2014.

To be known as the STAG 2014 World Veterans Table Tennis Championship the event attracts top quality players aged between 40 and a remarkable 103.

Chief executive of STAG International Rakesh Kohli this week confirmed his company’s commitment to the world class international event and expressed his pleasure at being involved in the New Zealand event which will see the intense interest in world championship Table Tennis focussed on New Zealand.

Established in 1922 STAG’s products are sold in 152 countries. Their product range extends from table tennis to netball, basketball, judo, badminton, gymnastics, archery, cricket, football and hockey. Stag is now among the top exporters of sporting goods from India.

Table Tennis New Zealand Chairman Paul Kyle says “We are delighted with the partnership with STAG, coming six months before the event’s opening. It clearly demonstrates their shared desire to raise the profile, popularity and skill levels of table tennis in New Zealand”.

“We are especially excited by our involvement which will see our table tennis products being used during the tournament” said Rakesh Kohli. “At the conclusion of the Championship the table will be donated to regional clubs based all over New Zealand.”

Rakesh Kohli also announced that Sweden’s multiple-world champion Peter Karlsson, will be in New Zealand and trying to win the over 40s category. The presence of Karlsson who is brand ambassador for STAG is a major coup for the Championship.

The 17th World Table Tennis Veteran Championship is supported by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE).

The Championship is well on target to attract over 2000 competitors including a large contingent from Europe and Asia. With supporters and officials there will be in excess of 3,000 international Table Tennis people in and around Auckland.

“This is a truly major international event that will attract interest from all countries represented” said Paul Kyle. “Players can enter the singles, doubles and/or mixed doubles tournament, with eight age categories running from the over 40s through to the over 85s. Several entries are from players who took part in the 2010 event (in Mongolia) featured in the recent movie Ping Pong”.

“Table Tennis is a great sport enjoyed by large numbers of New Zealanders either competitively or recreationally” said Paul Kyle. “This prestigious World Championship allows New Zealanders to see world class table tennis or to participate and test their skills against international players.”


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