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    Posted: 10/31/2019 at 7:57pm
[Q] Is it true that the ITTF is going to ban the use of different sponges with different top sheets ?

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[A] Yes, it is a request from manufacturers and associations to start an authorization system for the SPONGE and the BLADES just like for the rubbers. Yes, the SPONGE will be first. At the moment the ITTF only authorizes the rubber but not the sponge, and we did lose revenue a lot letting manufacturers a free-hand in using unregistered sponges. A certain manufacturer, say manufacturer D, is now marketing a large family of 5 different sponges in combination with a single topsheet. None of the sponges got ITTF approval. It all looks like concealment of incomes, right?     

2. We have encountered many ambiguities about detaching and regluing sponge to rubber etc. There is also the whole issue of tuning and boosting sponge but not the rubber, etc. So it is felt that both sponge and topsheet should be the "racket covering". So we wish to control this matter before it goes out of hand and ensure a level playing field. Until now we used the honour system and relied on the manufacturers to produce the equipment according to the ITTF rules. Unfortunately some are not following the rules (forbidance of the covering alteration after formal approval) and it forces us to put a system in place to control the complete sandwich rubbers before they go to market.

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its clearly against China
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you are right but as a side effect only. The primary reason is revenue for ittf through certification fees. Right now, manufacturers can sell 5 rubbers paying the ittf fee once. I understand the move, it’s a logical one imho, it would be incompétence not to go for it.

For the blades, isn’t it a bit trickier? I assume the fee has to be paid once only for blades, unlike rubbers where it’s annual. We do not want a situation where valid blades become legally obsolete, uproar guaranteed!
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Wait, now blades need ITTF approval? Who's going to submit for the dozen pre-80s now defunct brands I use?
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prices for blades and rubbers will go up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote achoomai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/31/2019 at 9:14pm
How about different  thickness ?
ITTF will get much more money then...
My feedback : http://www.mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=58844&PN=1#726094
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote stiltt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/31/2019 at 9:44pm
Originally posted by lasta lasta wrote:

Wait, now blades need ITTF approval? Who's going to submit for the dozen pre-80s now defunct brands I use?
...and all the custom made blades...Ross Leidy would be out of the tt art business even though he produces blades that compete with the best.
The blade certification seems like a big mess waiting to happen. Rubber/sponge combo certification seems much easier to implement.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote haggisv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/31/2019 at 11:06pm
Since the article is signed by Adham Sharara, it's obviously old news. I remember this topic coming up many years ago... it's old news.
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