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Bethel Hosts First Ever Non-Sanctioned Table Tennis World Championship

Posted 6/5/19

McKENZIE — Bethel University will host the first-ever Non Sanctioned Table Tennis World Championships August 24 in Crisp Arena. Sanctioned events must have points associated with them that …

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Bethel Hosts First Ever Non-Sanctioned Table Tennis World Championship

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McKENZIE — Bethel University will host the first-ever Non Sanctioned Table Tennis World Championships August 24 in Crisp Arena.

Sanctioned events must have points associated with them that count toward rankings. In the US these events are governed by the USATT and affiliated with ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) and require membership and administrative fees not associated with non-sanctioned events.

Notable competitors include:

Lindy Handoka (Memphis) — Two-time Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival Champion (17,18)

Reggie Wilson (Memphis) — Experienced tournament competitor and two-time runner-up in the Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival

Spencer Lam (Schaumburg, Il) — one of the top competitive players in Illinois

Zach Moy — (Schaumburg, Il) – America’s Team Championship D4, first place 2013, 2018

Alex Kluyenko — Bethel professor of mathematics  and noted top competitor

Nick Chappell — Carroll County Table Tennis Champion

Countries represented include: China, Rwanda, Canada, USA

The event begins at 8 a.m. with 40 players competing in five divisions. The tournament is the highest paying non sanctioned table tennis tournament ever with cash prizes exceeding $3,000. The overall winner will take home $1,000.

General admission is $5 with children under five admitted free. Bethel students and staff can attend for $3 with a Bethel ID.

Bethel Associate Athletic Director Brad Chappell commented on the event. “We are thrilled to be hosting an elite table tennis tournament on our campus. Chris Edlin has worked tirelessly in the past to promote and direct the past tournaments and is really looking forward to moving the event inside Crisp Arena for the first time. The level of table tennis competition that will descend on Bethel’s campus in August will be impressive to see. The past tournaments associated with the McKenzie’s Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival were just a taste of what is to come. I anticipate this event under Chris’ guidance to only get bigger and better in the coming years. I personally invite our Wildcat faithful, students, faculty, and staff to come out and witness some elite level competition in Crisp Arena this fall. It is going to be fun!”

Sponsors include: Mark Anderson - Shelter Insurance of McKenzie, Carroll Bank and Trust, Bank of Gleason, Centennial Bank, Bethel University, McKenzie Banking Company and Chick-Fil-A

For more information contact: Tournament Director Chris Edlin at cedlin10@bellsouth.net or 731-352-0158.

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