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    Posted: 03/16/2017 at 1:50am
The JTTA made a press release on Mar 6, listing in detail the major changes in world ranking regulations, which is to come in the year 2018.

There are roughly 11 changes from the current regulations. The most significant one being the current point table, which is used to allocate points to players, will be replaced by a new one, which does not differentiate the strength of the players, but would instead allocate points according to the final positions of the players. Read the ITTF PDF sent to the associations for more details.

Summary of the changes in Japanese by Google Translate:
Quote The main changes of the new level are as follows.
1. The new ranking conforms to the final ranking in the event. (It does not matter the relative strength with the opponent)
2. Only the bonus points on the current system are given and the rating points are not paid. Points are valid for 12 months. The Olympic Games (48 months valid) world championship (valid for 24 months) is an exception.
3. You will not lose points if you lose the game.
4. Bonus points are determined by the point table graded for each event.
5. Each ranking list will be a separate ranking list for each age category (U21, U18, U15), and calculations only consider the results of each subject category.
6. The best results out of the results over eight years will be calculated. (However, there is only one Continental Games)
7. If you cancel late participation in the event, that tournament will be treated as one of 8 results a year and calculated at 0 point.
8. If the player has not worked due to breakdown or health problems, the association may apply for a special seed if six months have elapsed.
9. If a competitor who does not participate in the age category competition at all times participates in a tournament corresponding to that age, affiliation associations may apply for special seed.
10. Calculation of double ranking is calculated based on 8 best results including no change, results of continental convention. Slow cancellation is the same as singles.
11. The team ranking calculation method will be built by the world ranking working group by July 2017.


Edited by zeio - 03/16/2017 at 9:50am
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+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Doing this like Tennis - the results will be interesting.
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Not much to look at here if you take the WR list for what it is worth. It is points earned over time, not a snap shot of who are the best players at the moment. I am sure some people will not get this and start a thread about why player XXX is over/underrated. (The WCT thread comes to mind)

Since tennis was mentioned. Roger Federer is the #9 seed in this weeks big tennis tourney even though he just won a major. He took 6 months off due to injury and is playing great, beating Nadal easily yesterday. He is #9 because he hasn't played much in the last year. (Nadal was seeded #5)

If you are a bookmaker and Federer faces a higher seed, who's the favorite? You have real $$$ on the table when you set the betting line. If you do a lousy job, you will be fired. Maybe Fed is the favorite, maybe not, it depends on the opponent. You will use all the data you can get to make the betting line. A bookmaker will certainly understand the limits of WR.

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Another idiotic move by ITTF. The stupidity of some people has no limits
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Holy Barracuda. It turns out talks of the ranking system reform began as early as 2014. Even before that, there had been an ongoing dialog in which the Athletes' Commission proposed for a further reduction in points deducted for a loss. The idea for a new system then slowly emerged. It should be stressed that the Athlete's Commission had a hand in this.

Apparently, they are aware of the potential issues with the No-Points-Lost(NPL) system.

EC Meeting, Dec 9, 2016
Quote 7.2. New World Ranking system
A detailed presentation was done by Zoltan Bencsik (Results & Ranking Manager), explaining
the main principles:
 The new WR system is based on a concept of encouraging players to compete as there are
no loss of points when losing matches.
 Only bonus points are awarded for the final position reached at the tournament and
according to a point table.
 The new WR system will consider the top 8 results of the last 12-month results, except the
ones for Olympic Games and World Championships.
 There will be separate ranking lists for each age category.
Discussion took place on:
 The late cancellation policy hopefully will help to avoid last minute withdrawals.
 In regards to the special seeding in case of injury, the considered period might change
after the tests.

5-EC-12-2016
The Executive Committee resolved (with one abstention) to approve the additional budget of
USD 42’500 for an economic feasibility study, necessary for completion of the Future ITTF
Events Structure project.

6-EC-12-2016
The Executive Committee resolved (with one abstention) to extend the mandate of the
Future Event Working Group with the request to submit the final report with
recommendations to the 2017 Board of Directors.
International Table Tennis Federation Page 7
 Pregnancy will be treated the same way as injury policy with the wording to be adjusted.
The special seeding in case of injury will be immediately withdrawn in case the player takes
place in any other events.
 It should be discussed further if a doctor certificate is requested in case of injury, and how
the injuries can be justified and controlled (ITTF doctor?).
 The Athletes Commission Chair requested that ITTF should be 100% sure that the system
is working before implemented.
 It was suggested that the new WR system is implemented on 1 January 2018, with
potential adjustments, based on the feedback received in the next 6 months.

7-EC-12-2016
The Executive Committee resolved to approve the basic principles of the new World Ranking
system proposed by the World Ranking Working Group, with due date to become effective 1
January 2018. The Executive Committee reserves the right for adjustments, based on
comments received in the next 6 months. The new ranking will be run and published in 2017
parallel with the official ranking as a test.


EC Meeting, Oct 1, 2016
Quote 7.3 Ranking Working Group update was provided by the President.
 The new system was agreed by the group in principle with targeted starting
date of January 2018.
 There will be only bonus points based on the position reached, and with
different weightings of the various events.
 From January 2017 a test version will be running and published parallel with
the official one, and this would be the base for the new ranking from 2018.
 The special Team World Ranking is delayed for next year.
 Detailed and final concept will be submitted to the next meeting.


EC Meeting, Mar 6, 2016
Quote 6.4 Ranking Working Group update
Update was given on the experiment and on testing different options.
The group is scheduled to meet around June to discuss the final
concept proposal on the new ranking to be started from January 2017.


EC Meeting, Sep 19, 2015
Quote 7.9 Ranking update
 Mr. Sharara updated the EC with regard to Ranking experiments.
Initially the Athlete’s Commission requested several experiments to
be made with the ranking, mainly to reduce or eliminate the loss of
points when a match is lost.
 Several experiments were conducted and the results verified; it
finally seems that only one system, without losing points, but
maintaining the relational result-based principle would work. This
system is referred to as the “No Points Lost” system (NPL). It is
based on the same system as the current system, which is 92%
accurate in predicting the outcome of a match, but instead of a
player losing points when losing a match, those points would be
added to the winner instead. This would not reduce the accuracy, it
would create an “inflation” effect to the system (continuous gaining
points), but would meet the requirements of the Athletes
Commission.
Page 11
 The NPL system is fully operational and the link to the test page, with
full ranking features, would be provided to the Athlete Commission,
as of 1 October 2015.
 The accuracy of the NPL would be maintained, but there are two
concerns: the first is that the total points of the players will always
increase, so the actual representation of ranking points as an
indication of a specific skill level of a player will not longer be valid.
The second set-back is that restricted events held with players from
the same region or continent need to be scheduled properly (ideally
all continental championships should be held at the same time), to
avoid a group of players climbing the ranking while another group
lags behind. Therefore, the ITTF calendar becomes a very important
factor affecting the Ranking.
 Both of these negative effects could be managed, if it is felt that the
new NPL system would have sufficient positive effects that outweigh
any shortcomings.
 The test NPL ranking system will be available every month as of
October 2015, one day after the publication of the current ranking on
the ITTF’s website.
 The Athlete Commission representative, Ashu Jain, stated that the
Ranking needs to be dynamic and encourages players to play. He
also stated that we should avoid systems that only favour active
players and not reflecting real playing strength. Therefore, the new
Ranking Working Group needs to first identify what is the aim with
the ranking change, and to erase any manipulation.
 The Working Group led by the President will consider inputs from
different stakeholders and will study several alternatives for ranking
changes before making the final proposal after the 2016 Olympic
Games.
 The CEO informed the EC that the modified principle for initial players
(First Ranking) is in place since August 2015.


EC Meeting, May 3, 2015
Quote 10. Athletes Commission report: the Executive Committee noted that:
...
 The Commission proposed to set up two Working Groups: one for studying
service rule implementation and one for the new world ranking system (the
last one was already decided by the EC in December 2014).


EC Meeting, Dec 5, 2014
Quote 6.7 Ranking system 2015 and testing:
...
 A comprehensive analysis with different testing calculations shall be
carried out based on the assumption that the World Ranking system
doesn’t support in the best possible way the ITTF competition
properties, which makes it very difficult to sell them effectively.
 The system needs to be reviewed together with the Athletes
Commission as some anomalies are occurring, for example the
participation at the World Tour has a minor impact on the World
Ranking List.
 The proposal is to test different ranking systems that will be run in
parallel to the current one allowing comparisons.
Page 9
 There will be 5 different tests to be run, 3 of them proposed by the
Athletes Commission.
 A working group will be nominated composed by the following
members: the President, 1 representative of the Athletes
Commission, 1 staff member, the Technical Commissioner. For the
future it is recommended to involve also other external stakeholders
and coaches, journalists and players from different levels/strengths in
order to get an as objective picture as possible.
 No major changes should be adopted before the 2016 Olympic
Games.


EC Meeting, Aug 22, 2014
Quote
11. Athletes’ Commission report: the Executive Committee noted that:
 Assessing the ranking list with the different parameters was a good idea. The
Commission would like to see a test with no loss of points, and another with the
least loss of points.
 Players could currently make their own arrangements to reduce costs of
participating in World Tour events but the organisers’ package should be cheaper.


Edited by zeio - 03/26/2017 at 4:08am
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+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Quote “One of our main goals is to massively increase the prize money at the ITTF, to also ensure that the top table tennis players are “stars” on the international scene and at the same time to improve the quality of events.

To achieve this, we need to prove to our partners (media and sponsors) and our fans that our events are the best and most important. For them to be the most important, we need best players playing at the events. Our tools need to support that.

At the moment one of our most important tools the “World Ranking” does not support it in the best way, so it was very important to address that. Of course change is not always easy, but if we want our products to become more professional then this is one important change to make.” – Steve Dainton, ITTF Marketing and Commercial Director

http://www.ittf.com/2017/03/27/new-world-ranking-scheme-effective-january-2018/
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+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ChichoFicho Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/27/2017 at 11:04pm
Unbelievable stupidity and mental degradation. Apparently the Adam Shalala virus has infected the whole ITTF.

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POVERTY HURTS A MAN.

ITTF doing fool's job, worthless job.. Those all reconstruction to the ITTF raiting system are clearly of minor interest if any. Earning some more points, who cares? Pro sport is all about money. It is money gainings that now interest our pingpang professionals above anything else.
Money and hunger will rule the world, you know.
   
Of all the popular racket sports, Table tennis players are the less wealthy folk (except for those few Chinese pingpang millionaires as Zhike and XuXin) and poverty hurts a man, you know.
The Prize money total fund of 2,954,000 to be unevenly distributed between the 2017 ITTF ProTours 12 events. The biggest possible prize is 80,000$ as designed for the Australia Open singles winner. (Tax13% to be deducted). It looks a mere mockery upon all the players entered in the Tours when compared with the ATP/WTA lavish earnings of 450,000,000$ in total for the year 2016.

http://www.totalsportek.com/money/highest-prize-money-in-tennis-grand-slams

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Era_tennis_records_–_men's_singles#Prize_money

http://www.old.ittf.com/WorldTours/2017/Documents/2017_WT_PrizeMoney.pdf
http://www.old.ittf.com/CHALLENGE/2017/Documents/2017_Challenge_Calendar_FINAL.pdf

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ITTF needs to do something otherwise they feel IDLE

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zeio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/02/2017 at 8:41pm
This proposed change was actually initiated by the Athletes' Commission.

Each term is 4 years.

The current members announced on July 1, 2014:
Name     Role     E-mail
Vladimir Samsonov     Chairperson     vsamsonov11@gmail.com
Alena Kanova     Full Members     alena.kanova@azet.sk
Angela Mori     Full Members     lindamori@hotmail.com
April Kwok See Yu     Full Members     april.fishy@gmail.com
Ashu Jain     Full Members     ajain17@aol.com
Dave Powell     Full Members     dave_powell@hotmail.com
El-Sayed Lashin     Full Members     elsayed_lashin80@yahoo.com
Krisztina Toth     Full Members     krisztina1toth@yahoo.com
Saive Jean-Michel     Full Members     jeanmisaive@hotmail.com
Wang Liqin     Full Members     wangliqin618@vip.sina.com
Zoran Primorac     Full Members     zoranprimorac@yahoo.com

Edited by zeio - 04/02/2017 at 8:54pm
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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