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Service rule discussed again

Germany, China propose new rule

ITTF Press Release

Bercy, Paris, France, 21 May 2003. The service rule which came into effect last year needs to be clarified if the service should be effectively visible for the receiver.

Therefore the ITTF Annual General Meeting decided to write into the rules that the free arm should be “removed to the side as soon as the ball has left the server's hand”.
China and Germany together proposed that the ball should be thrown at least 50 cm into the air or “above the head of the server”. This proposition had 78 votes, but since a rule change needs 75 pct. of the votes it did not pass.

“The most important fact is that the arm gets out of the way so that the receiver can see the ball when it is struck. I am sure that the proposition of throwing the ball higher will come back next year in a clearer version”, says President Adham SHARARA.

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