Jan-Ove Waldner: "Speedgluing Was Harmless"

Jan-Ove Waldner: "Speedgluing was harmless"
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The ban of speedgluing or booster caused controversy as it came into effect in 2007. It was hard for players to avoid using speedgluing at first, but most of them respected this rule eventually. One of the players who disagreed about this measure was Jean-Ove Waldner. The former world and olympic champion said that the speedgluing should have been allowed to continue providing.

About 6 years have passed after the ban of speedgluing came into effect on 27th June, 2007, and it is still a topic among players and fans. Last year it was said that Jun Mizutani's disappearance from ITTF World Tour events was a way of protesting against ITTF. The Japanese player said that there were still players who used speedgluing or booster to gain more speed and spin, which was unfair for players like him, who use legal glues. 

In 2010 Wang Liqin and Petr Korbel were disqualified after some ilegal substances were detected on their rackets. On the same year Jan-Ove Waldner was interviewed by, and the speedgluing and other ITTF rules were on the table. 

The Mozart of Table Tennis said that 40mm ball has led to less spin and less entertaining table tennis. And more players play with less imagination and more like robots. 

About the no hidden serves rule, Waldner said that it was a small negative change for him, but he thinks he adapted pretty well. 

As Waldner was asked about the change "sets to 11 instead of 21", he said that it was "perfectly fine". But as he was asked about the ban on speedgluing, this was his answer: "Speedgluing should have been allowed to continue providing it was harmless. As things stand now, we face problems we didn’t have to deal with previously, such as the disqualifications of Wang Liqin, Adrian Crisan and Petr Korbel."

These were changes in the game, but Jan-Ove Waldner believes that other changes on tournaments organization and developments must be made: "I want more big and serious competitions or better Pro Tour competitions, for example. They have stagnated and not really evolved for a long time. The developments on the web and on TV is a good thing, but it could be even better. The situation in China is better than anywhere else, in this respect."

Although this interview was held about three years ago, there are topics in it, which still cause some controversy nowadays. If you want to continue reading Waldner's interview, you can do it here.  

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