Hello and welcome to March’s edition of TT News brought to you by SD Sport. March saw the 2016 World Team Championships drawn to a close, Two ITTF World Tour competitions take place, and a table tennis legend officially retire from the sport. All of that and more, coming next. China were crowned the men’s and women’s champions at the 2016 World Team Championships being hosted in Malaysia. Japan finished as runners-up in both competitions. However, the big story to come from the Championships was the successful campaign from England’s men’s team, as Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker impressively won bronze. Zhang Jike surprised table tennis fans by winning the men’s singles gold at the Kuwait Open beating the World No.1, Ma Long in the process. The women’s gold went to Li Xiaoxia after she beat the 2015 World Champion, Ding Ning in the final. Liu Shiwen and Ma Long were crowned women’s and men’s singles winners at the Qatar Open. Liu performed well to overcome Ding Ning in four ends, while Ma Long stood victorious over 19-year-old Fan Zhendong in the men’s singles tournament. Paul Drinkhall and Tin-Tin Ho won the PG Mutual Championship singles titles, beating Sam Walker and Kelly Sibley in the respective men’s and women’s finals. It’s the fifth time Drinkhall has won the singles gold, while Ho made it her first with an outstanding victory over Sibley. Melissa Tapper has made history by becoming the first Australian athlete to qualify for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Elsewhere the European Olympic Qualifiers have been moved from Turkey to Sweden, due to security concerns. The Indian Table Tennis League has been postponed until after the 2016 Olympic Games, and Michael Maze has announced his retirement from professional table tennis following injury advice from his medical team. Just the one piece of transfer news for you this month, as England’s Liam Pitchford has signed fro French club GV Hennebont for the 2016-2017 season. Pitchford will continue to play for Ochsenhausen until the end of the current campaign. SD Sport has released a special featured article on the impact of Sandpaper bat Ping Pong on traditional table tennis, featuring opinions from four professional table tennis players from the past and present. This comes following the global success seen at the World Championship of Ping Pong. Links to all of the reports seen in this video, and our social media pages can be found in the description below. Well that’s March’s main table tennis news stories for you, if you enjoyed watching this video then please hit the like button and subscribe to our channel. Join us again at the end of April for the next TT News bulletin.