This article is from the Table Tennis (Ping Pong) FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The ITTF Executive Board, at its meeting at Manchester on 14th of December
1992, received reports from scientific experts in toxicology and chemistry
on the harmful effects of the Aromatic and Chlorinated solvents used in
some types of rubber adhesives. On the basis of these reports it was
agreed unanimously to recommend the Executive Commitee to take urgent
action to prevent the use of such adhesives by Table Tennis Players. The
Executive Commitee accepted this recommendation and decided:
1. To impose an immediate ban in events directly under ITTF control, such
as the Global Youth Championships in Tokyo in January 1993 and the World
Championships in Gothnburg in May 1993; and
2. To ask Continental and National Federations and organisers of
international competitions to enforce a similar ban in events under
their control from 1st January 1
Any person, e.g. player, coach, official, responsible for contravening this
rule will be liable to immediate disqualification and suspension for at
least 3 months. Where it is necessary for rubbers to be replaced during a
competition it must be done in a designated place, under the supervision of
an official and using an adhesive supplied by the organiser.
Manufacturers and suppliers are asked to discontinue marketing of adhesive
containing Aromatic and Chlorinated solvents, and to ensure that their
products are clearly marked with the ingredients.
Players and coaches are asked to cooperate in ensuring that the ban is
Manchester, December 15th, 1992.
Ichiro Ogimura, President.