October 3 - More than three-quarters of the ping-pong tables set up in London to turn people on to table tennis in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are to become permanent fixtures, it has been announced.
September 18 - Germany's Michael Zwipp (pictured) has been appointed as the referee for the table tennis tournament at the London 2012 Olympics, it has been announced.
By Tom Degun
July 22 - A hundred ping-pong tables will appear across London’s landmarks, squares, shopping centres, offices and train stations this Saturday (July 24) as the London 2012 inspired project Ping! was launched this evening at St Pancras International Train Station with an "extreme ping pong" display by free-running experts.
By Tom Degun
June 17 - Scotland's Gavin Rumgay (pictured) was dropped from Britain's table tennis development squad for the 2012 Olympics not because of pro-English basis but because he was not considered a serious medal contender for London, it has been claimed.
By Tom Degun in Sheffield
November 1 – The 65th English Open Table Tennis Championships drew to a close today at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield after five days of pulsating action that included the majority of the world’s top players.
BRITAIN'S young table tennis players, controversially overlooked for funding for London 2012, are the only one's capable of threatening Asia's domination at the sport, it has been claimed.
PAUL DRINKHALL, a 17-year-old table tennis player tipped as a potential gold medallist in London 2012, carried the flag at the opening ceremony of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney tonight.
May 23 - The England team of Paul Drinkhall (pictured), Darius Knight, Danny Reed and Andrew Rushton won the bronze medals at the Commonwealth Championships in Glasgow.
April 28 - Li Jiawei (pictured), the table tennis player who had drawn up a maternity plan with her federation in Singapore so she could play in London 2012, has announced she is pregnant.
MARCH 2 - RICHARD SCRUTON has been appointed as the competition manager for table tennis at London 2012, it was announced today.
Scruton will oversee all aspects of the table tennis competition during the Olympics and Paralympics at ExCeL.
He will provide a focal point for the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in relation to competition issues whilst ensuring that the competition is organised in accordance with ITTF regulations, the IOC Charter and the Host City Contract.
He will also be liaising with other LOCOG functional areas to ensure the co-ordinated delivery of support services such as accreditation, transport, medical, venue operations and volunteers.
Scruton said: said: “I am delighted to join the team of London 2012 sport competition managers and look forward to working with the ITTF to deliver outstanding Olympic and Paralympic table tennis competitions.
"In Athens and Beijing I was grateful for the help and advice I received from previous Olympic table tennis competition managers.
"The four table arena at ExCeL will provide a memorable experience for athletes, spectators and volunteers.
"I look forward to helping showcase the sport that is the largest participation sport in the world and which began in Great Britain .”
Scruton, a Yorkshireman, has been involved in the sport since 1967 when he was at Leeds Town Hall when he watched the English champion Denis Neale beat the legendary German defender Eberhard Scholer.
Within a few years he was club and local association secretary, competition administrator and event organiser.
He umpired at the 1977 World Championships in Birmingham but refereeing and competition organisation were his main interests.
From 1991 he was referee of 25 major international events in Europe and the Commonwealth culminating in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens .
He has chaired English Table Tennis Association committees for 14 years and he will be competition manager for the Commonwealth Championships, due to be held in Glasgow in May, Glasgow, and the English Open at Sheffield in October.
Scruton, who visited the Beijing Olympics last year as an observer, will begin his role at London full-time in April 2010.
Jordi Serra, the executive director of the ITTF, said: “The ITTF is very pleased with the appointment of Richard as competition manager for table tennis for London 2012.
"He has a lot of experience in our sport.
"He has been involved in past Olympic Games and we all remember his great work as a referee of the table tennis competitions in Athens 2004.
"He also has a good knowledge of our Federation and we are very happy to be working with him for the success of the table tennis events in London 2012.”
Alex Murdoch, the chairman of the British Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) and member of the British Olympic Association, said: “This is an excellent appointment and the sport is fully supportive of Richard.
"His expertise, knowledge and experience have been gained over many years via his involvement at every level of our sport.
"He has worked closely with the national and international federations in a number of capacities and we are proud that someone from Great Britain has been appointed to this very important and prestigious role.”
March 10 - Singapore's top table tennis player Li Jiawei (pictured) has agreed a unique pregnancy timetable with her national federation that will ensure she will be able to compete at the London Olympics in 2012.
FEBRUARY 3 - ALEX MURDOCH, the chairman of Engish Table Tennis, has claimed that the sport is still confident of success for players like Darius Knight (pictured) at London 2012 despite a funding cut.