Swaythling Club International

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The Swaythling Club International (SCI) is an international association that supports former table tennis champions . Primarily the contact and the cultivation of friendship between the "former" should be promoted. In addition, the SCI organizes the Senior World Championships .


The namesake is Lady Swaythling - with full name Lady Gladys Goldsmid Montagu Swaythling (1879-1965) - the mother of the tournament organizer of the 1926 World Table Tennis Championships, Ivor Montagu .


The SCI was founded on April 20, 1967 in Stockholm by 21 former participants in table tennis world championships who implemented a proposal by Zarko Dolinar (Yugoslavia). Former and still active players of World Cup teams should be helped if they get into material or human need.

The founding members also included Guy Amouretti (France), Gosta Brolin (Sweden), Ron Crayden (England), Tage Flisberg (Sweden), Laszlo Földy (Switzerland), Bengt Grive (Sweden), Bill Gunn (USA), Vilim Harangozo ( Yugoslavia), Johnny Leach (England), Dieter Mauritz (FRG), Dick Miles (USA), Ichiro Ogimura (Japan), Miroslav Prasak (CSSR), Marty Reisman (USA), George Roland (Belgium), Jupp Schlaf (FRG) , Ferenc Sido (Hungary), Michael Thornhill (England), Hugo Urchetti (Switzerland) and Josef Veselsky (Ireland).

The first president was the Hungarian Victor Barna , who expanded the club until his death. His successor since 1972 was Joe Veselsky (Ireland). Ferenc Sido later took over this position. In 1997 Diane Schöler took over the position. Eberhard Schöler was President from 2013 to 2018, followed by the Norwegian Öivind Eriksen.


Membership in the SCI takes place "by invitation". The requirements were made more precise in 1987: The members must have won at least one competition in a table tennis world championship or have taken part in at least two world championships or have acted as a supervisor ("non-playing team captain") in at least three world championships.

Every nation represented by members in the SCI has a national representative who represents the SCI principles in their own country. In particular, he should organize a meeting of the members at the national championships.

In April 2005 the SCI had 69 nations with 661 members.

Awarding of prizes

The SCI awards several awards.

Richard Bergmann Fair Play Award

This award is given to table tennis athletes who have behaved particularly fairly. Initially this prize was called the SCI's Barna Prize , and in 1970 it was renamed in honor of the four-time world champion Richard Bergmann .

In 1968 the Hungarian Eva Koczian received the prize for her behavior at the European championship in 1968. This was an exception in that the prizes were otherwise only awarded for world championships. Other award winners include a. Kjell Johansson (Sweden - World Cup 1967 ), Eberhard Schöler ( World Cup 1969 ), Shigeo Itō (Japan - World Cup 1971 ), Wilfried Lieck ( World Cup 1977 ) and Jacques Secrétin ( World Cup 1983 ).

Victor Barna Prize

The Victor Barna Prize honors the most successful players at every World Cup. The award was established in 1973 by Suzy Barna in honor of her husband Victor Barna .

A player receives 10 points for 1st place in the individual competition, 9 points for 2nd place, etc. In addition, he receives 5 points if he takes 1st place in doubles, 4 points for 2nd place, etc. The same 5-point system applies to the mixed . The player with the highest number of points is considered the most successful World Cup participant and receives the prize.

German section of the fairness award

The DTTB awards this prize to German players. Previous winners (selection):


  • Golden Jubilee of SCI - The History, Swaythling Club International News, No. 102, February 2017, pages 9–16 Online (accessed July 23, 2017)
  • The Swaythling Club , DTS magazine 1967/9 page 17
  • Manfred Schäfer: Matter of the Heart , DTS magazine 1998/3 pages 34–35

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. DTS magazine , 1997/12 page 32
  2. DTS magazine , 1991/6 page 35
  3. DTS magazine , 1992/4 page 43
  4. DTS magazine , 2000/3 page 9
  5. DTS magazine , 2002/3 page 7