Sport in Short: Table Tennis

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The Independent Online
THE international federation has announced that the use of toxic glues to stick rubbers to bats will be banned from 1 September. This brings the rest of the world into line with England, who imposed the ban on their players six months ago.

WORLD TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (Gothenburg, Swe): Men, first round play-offs (for quarter-final places): Group 1: Belgium bt Hong Kong 3-1. Group 2: France bt Romania 3-1.

Women, First round place 9-16 matches: Sweden bt England 3-1 (M Svensson bt F Mommessin 21-12 21-14, P Pettersson bt A Holt 21-18 25-23, A Svensson and M Svensson lost to Holt and L Lomas 19-21 21-12 19-21, M Svensson bt Holt 21-6 21-15); Hungary bt United States 3-0; Romania bt Slovakia 3-0; Netherlands bt France 3-1.