Stockholm welcomed around 3,000 players from 61 countries who participate in the 2012 World Vetarans Championships. The tournament started off on Monday with the exhibition match of Jan-Ove Waldner and Mikael Appelgren.
The former champion isn't only in Stockholm to the exhibition match but also to compete in the 50-class, where is the favorite for the title. The tournament is divided into 8 classes: over 40 years, 50, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 and 85. Organization calculated that more than 13,000 matches will be played in the 133 tables installed at the Ericsson Globa Arena from 25th to 30th June.
However, Appelgren isn't the only star in the competition because the eight starts of the film "Ping Pong: Never too old for gold" are also participating. The film shows the preparation of these eight players for this world championships. Among them is 101-years-old Dorothy deLow from Australia, who has been interviewed several times for being the eldest player in the world. Other players in the film: Les D' Arcy from England, Rune Forsberg from Sweden, Sun Lao from China, Terry Donton from United Kingdom, Lisa Modlich from USA, Ursula Bihl and Inge Hermann from Germany.
Ping Pong: Never too old for gold trailer
Photo and info. source: World Veterans Championships' Facebook - tischtennis.de