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      First China then Qatar:
      https://worldtabletennis.com/article...=1594010560109

      Was going to post a sarcastic comment along the line of "North Korea or Cuba will probably be next" but I'll give it a miss.

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      Makes sense, seeing the Asian Century has arrived. Get ready to be Asianized, AGAIN, after 200 years. The world has come full circle.

      Pundits have been touting this for a good while now. China expected this to happen by 2050, but COVID-19 has cut short the transition period by reducing/exposing the 列強 to/as 列弱.

      https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/the-as...n-in-may-2020/
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      https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...warns-eu-chief
      https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/...-does-it-mean/

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      No fear, Zeio. Mr.Stive Dainton runs the whole show, not a Chinese whosoever he/she may be.

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      Hi Zeio have you seen WTT have partnered with IMG

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      Sure. Sports betting. Ishikawa won't like her odds.

      https://europeangaming.eu/portal/lat...-table-tennis/
      Steve Dainton, ITTF CEO & WTT director, said: “Partnering with IMG ARENA to distribute our sports betting live streaming and betting data rights is an important strategic development for WTT. IMG ARENA has a strong track record of working with federations and international sports organisations to both protect and grow sports via their innovative products and solutions.

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      Quote Originally Posted by igorponger View Post
      No fear, Zeio. Mr.Stive Dainton runs the whole show, not a Chinese whosoever he/she may be.
      Good choice. Dainton is arguably the 1st Asianized ITTF official. I love how he conducts interviews with Chinese media entirely in Putonghua. He even resides in Singapore now. In the extended one he did at the last Women's World Cup, he couldn't stress enough about working together with China in the future.

      http://video.zhibo.tv/video/details/...400ccac43.html
      @2:24
      After I became the CEO of the ITTF
      what's changed?
      The change is perhaps in thought
      - Thought?
      Say, in the past, the younger officials like us felt the ITTF was perhaps too political
      Many political stuff
      and many...say...
      equipment, techniques, the minor stuff
      But once I took helm, I felt we had to work on marketization
      And so we did
      perhaps the 1st time the ITTF did the first strategic plan

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      - More focus on marketization?
      You said it's a pleasure to work with the CTTA
      From what we gather, the ITTF and the CTTA will have more in-depth collaborations
      Could you share with us some of the plans that are in the talks?
      Relatively simple
      LGL has become the president
      not even 1 year
      His age is closer to mine
      His thought is closer to ours
      He has to make the sport of table tennis
      its future
      much better
      including competitions, the world, and many others
      Because the thoughts are close
      we have a great discussion every time we meet
      And there's no politics
      He doesn't talk about how the ITTF used to do this
      We don't talk about how the CTTA used to do this
      We talk about the future
      That's a big change
      and we have a good time
      The Tokyo Olympics is fast approaching
      He wants good results for sure
      But he also thinks...about table tennis
      the future of the table tennis market
      That's in line with how we think
      Then we thought if we work together
      the future of table tennis will be bright
      International and China, China is the strongest market
      The majority of market comes from China
      China, Asia
      And the ITTF also has the international market

      So if these 2 work together
      this will definitely be good for the future of table tennis

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      Grand slam level
      You want to build a new, higher, and more professional tournament with the CTTA
      We're talking right now...many details to work out
      but the main thing is how we will work together for the future of the table tennis market
      We're having a great discussion
      The executive committee had a meeting today
      We talked about how to work with the CTTA
      Discussion went very well. The executive committee knows we have to work with China
      Unlike before, we're here, and CTTA is here
      If we can work together
      from playing in competitions to vitalizing the market
      That'd definitely be a good thing
      As you mentioned, our thoughts are in line

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      Well, but it is not only betting. ARENA is the betting branch. It will also include "1000" other things, like sponsors, streaming, different digital stuff and event development and management it seems . Did they have a role in the Indian league?? They own UFC (martial arts), and are involved in tennis, golf, football, badminton. American/Chinese. The IMG office is just up the road from ITTF in Singapore, so it seems conveniant?

      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Sure. Sports betting. Ishikawa won't like her odds.

      https://europeangaming.eu/portal/lat...-table-tennis/

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