Ichiro Ogimura

Ichiro Ogimura

Ichiro Ogimura at the 1955 World Championships
Personal information
Nationality  Japan
Born (1932-06-25)June 25, 1932
Itō, Shizuoka, Japan
Died December 5, 1994(1994-12-05) (aged 62)
Tokyo, Japan
Highest ranking 1 (September 1954)[1]

Ichiro Ogimura (荻村 伊智朗 Ogimura Ichiro, June 25, 1932 – December 4, 1994) was a Japanese table tennis player.[2] Ogimura's father died when he was two and his mother often worked too late to take care of him.[3] As a teenager, Ogimura practiced table tennis at the hall run by Hisae Uehara in Musashino, Tokyo.[4] He won the All-Japan National Championships and represented Japan at the World Championships.[3] He won 12 world titles at the Championships including men's singles in 1954 and 1956, together with 5 consecutive titles in the team competitions.[5]

After his retirement, Ogimura coached overseas in Sweden, China and USA.[6] He got involved in Japanese Olympic Committee and Japan Table Tennis Association.[2] He became an executive member of the International Table Tennis Federation in 1973 and president in 1987. In 1994, Ogimura died of lung cancer; he was survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.[2] He was inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame in 1997.[7]


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  4. Rob Smaal (February 26, 2011). "From table-tennis tyrant to ping-pong diplomat". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
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