Letter 1 (May 29, 2008)

(This letter is sent from the ITTF president to a Japanese table
tennis equipment manufacturer)

Dear friends,

As you know already, the ITTF at its recent AGM in Guangzhou, decided
to forbid any "additives" to be applied to the racket blade or the
racket covering, other than affixing the racket covering to the blade
(glue, self adhesives, PSA sheets, etc..) as allowed by our rules. In
fact, the rule passed by the AGM is very clear; there is no place for
any additives to the racket covering after the product is approved by
the ITTF. This of course means that the so-called tuners, boosters,
and such similar products, or any type of "additive" is not
permissible.

The ITTF is now in the process of analyzing these products to find out
their composition and also to establish detection mechanisms. The ITTF
will be ready after the Olympic Games to put in effect the rule
regarding VOC free glues (as decided in Zagreb), as well as impose the
very strict implementation of the existing racket covering thickness
regulation.

The ITTF's Executive Committee, at its last EC meeting held in London
on 17-18 May 2008, decided to send a directive to the Equipment
Committee regarding the strict implementation of the thickness levels
and tolerance after the Olympic Games and to introduce a readily
available accurate thickness measurement "all over" the surface of the
racket.

This message is to provide you with advance notice, a heads up, on the
EC's intentions as follows:

1. Strict prevention and detection of any additives of any kind
2. Strict implementation and new measurement of the thickness of the
racket covering

I would like to congratulate those Manufacturers that have already
stopped voluntarily the production of additives such as boosters and
tuners, thus respecting the ITTF rules. I urge all other manufacturers
and I urge F.I.T.  to take a leadership role in this matter so that
additives are completely eradicated from our sport. At the same time,
I would like to advise you that many racket coverings measured by our
racket testers exceeded the 4.00 mm allowable level when taken out of
the package. In fact, the thickness should be mush less in order to
allow for the addition of the glue. Please consult our Equipment
Committee Chairman about the recommended "factory" thickness levels.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Equipment
Committee Chairman.

Sincerely,

Adham Sharara
ITTF President

Letter 2 (May 29, 2008)

(This letter is sent from the ITTF president to a Japanese table
tennis equipment manufacturer)

Dear friends,

I am very pleased with the response from some Manufacturers with
regards to my message of yesterday regarding additives and thickness.

At this time, I would like to publicly congratulate JOOLA and JUIC for
declaring that they will stop production and distribution of boosters
and tuners. I sincerely encourage all other manufacturers to do the
same.

I take this opportunity to remind you of the strict application of the
thickness (4 mm) for racket coverings that will be implemented after
the Olympic Games. I would like to clarify that the 4 mm thickness
will be measured from the blade surface to the exterior rubber surface
and will be measured on the entire surface of the racket. This would
include the glue thickness. Rackets with racket coverings exceeding 4
mm on any part of the racket surface will be deemed illegal. Please
pay special attention to this mater and ensure that at your factory
production level, the racket covering is at a thickness level that
would allow the addition of glue and still remain within the allowable
thickness level.

Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the users (players).
However, the ITTF will impose harsh penalties in cases where it is
proven that the source of the use of additives comes from a
manufacturer, and if the ITTF detects rubber coverings that exceed the
acceptable factory-level thickness.

I count on your cooperation with full support and readiness for a new
post-Olympic era.

Sincerely,

Adham Sharara
ITTF President