Sporting Digest: Table Tennis

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Gothenburg) Men's team final: Sweden beat China 3-1. Final placings: 1 Sweden; 2 China; 3 Germany; 4 North Korea; 5 South Korea; 6 Belgium; 7 France; 8 Japan; 9 Austria; 10 Czech Republic. 12 England. 44 Ireland. 45 Wales. 56 Scotland. Women's final placings: 1 China; 2 North Korea; 3 South Korea; 4 Hong Kong; 5 Russia; 6 Germany; 7 Japan; 8 Taiwan; 9 Romania, 10 Netherlands. 13 England. 53 Scotland. 60 Ireland.

HANS WILHELM GAEB, the European Table Tennis Federation president, said yesterday that the International Federation's move last week to ban bat- glues for health reasons had been made without sufficient research and should be postponed for a year. Sweden's world champion, Jorgen Persson, who is involved in the players' union, also criticised the decision after his team had won the men's team title.