Este email foi enviado ontem pelo Sharara à firmas de TM (fonte: usuario kagin do forum do table tennis about):
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:
- 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”
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Equipment