Table tennis

1st September 2000 at 01:00
Plans are being discussed to bring the Scottish Schools' Table Tennis Association under the wing of the game's governing body, the Scottish Table Tennis Assocation. The move is seen as a logical step, with the STTA effectively operating the youth and cadet areas of the game.

The STTA is looking at appointing development officers whose main role would be to go into schools. Money has been secured for two or three posts, the first of which is expected to be in the Dumfries area, where the local club has nurtured many of Scotland's best young table tennis players in recent years. <> The future of the game is looking brighter, with Scotland's boys performing well at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, in July. Although their final position of 27th was unspectacular, they won their opening group and, had they beaten Portugal in their crossover match, would have made it through to the top 16 for the first time.

One worldwide development this year is that the ball has been increased from 38mm to 40mm diameter in an attempt to slow the game down. The European youth event was the last championship played with the smaller ball.

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