The ETTA, however, would argue that it is only recognising developments, because manufacturers have increasingly produced water-based glues that are less dangerous, with a reduced chemical content.
The ETTA's statement yesterday said that "the latest adhesives approved by the ITTF are now acceptable."
Nevertheless, it may also be that the ETTA is only recognising the hard truth, which is that the rest of the world is never going to come round to its position.
Many of the country's leading attacking players and up-and-coming youngsters have been at a disadvantage for too long. They have sometimes had to compete against foreign players who can hit a quicker ball because they are using bats whose surfaces have been freshly glued.Reuse content