Ichiro Ogimura

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Ichiro Ogimura
Nationality  Japan
Born (1932-06-25)June 25, 1932
Died December 5, 1994(1994-12-05) (aged 62)
Highest ranking 1 (September 1954)[1]

Ichiro Ogimura (荻村 伊智朗 Ogimura Ichiro?) (25 June 1932 – 4 December 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 Championship 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 inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame in 1997.[7]


  1. ^ André Damman. "History of World Rankings" (PDF). ITTF Museum. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Ichiro Ogimura, Table Tennis Champion, 62". The New York Times. 5 December 1994. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Tim Boggan. "Review: 'Ogi: The Life of Ichiro Ogimura'". USA Table Tennis. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Rob Smaal (26 February 2011). "From table-tennis tyrant to ping-pong diplomat". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "OGIMURA Ichiro (JPN)". ITTF. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Review Volume XXV No 1. February–March 1995" (PDF). LA84 Foundation. Olympic Museum Lausanne. p. 76. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "The ITTF Hall of Fame". ITTF. Retrieved 27 April 2011.