Final Call – ITTF Parkinson’s WTTC Registration Closes September 10th 2019

The Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championship (WTTC) is scheduled for October 11th to 13th this year. 4 continents represented and counting .. you can register today, before the 10th of September deadline.

An initiative between the ITTF Foundation's tennis for tennis (TT4Health) program and Ping Pong Parkinson, it's a showcase of resilience and strength of every player. Parkinson's is a neuro-degenerative disorder that affects movement. The therapeutic benefits of ping pong are said to improve hand-eye coordination, body movement and brain function. This is the "World's best brain sport" - Dr. med. Daniel Amen.

To play in this historic event, please visit the ITTF website HERE .

Why Care?

Around the world today, there are more than 10 million people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It is an illness that is mostly diagnosed from the age of 50 years, with men 1.5 times more likely to get the diagnosis. However, prevalence of people diagnosed with PD varies by region.

While a cure for Parkinson’s has not been found to date, research has been ongoing and one fact that stands out is the physical and mental benefits that playing table tennis has on those diagnosed. Being able to improve symptoms such as shaking, rigidity, difficulty with walking and slow movement makes a big difference as it makes everyday life tasks better.

“Together we can continue to educate the world about the importance of staying physically active in the fight against Parkinson’s and table tennis’s positive impact.“ Navin Kumar, USA

“I have always played sports. Table Tennis (TT) appeared in my life at the age of 55, now I´m 66 years old. In 2015 Parkinson’s showed up and soon I realized that table tennis could be good additional medicine to relieve my symptoms. I have a project to attract people to TT to experience the same benefits I have had." Roberto Morand, Brazil

“I’m 38 years old and have been living with Parkinson’s Disease for past 5+ years. Table tennis is not just my passion but a way of life and I feel happy from within. Recently I started to work with Parkinson’s Society Singapore (PSS) having seen many people who are leading a tough life due to lack of funds or awareness about how to manage their condition better and live a longer life. It is a difficult, scary journey but that doesn’t mean it wont be great as well. I’m good overall and making slow progress, but only because there is so much good to do and so little time!“ Sunil Raghavan, Singapore

Come meet Jens Greve at the ITTF Foundation headquarters inauguration event on September 28 in Leipzig! Jens advocates for the health benefits of table tennis for Parkinson's / PD
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