Peter Jihde comments on the WC in table tennis for Viaplay
Right now, the World Cup in table tennis is in full swing in Durban, South Africa.
During Thursday, however, the adventure in the singles tournament ended for the two Swedes Truls Möregårdh and Kristian Karlsson.
21-year-old Truls Möregård fell unexpectedly against the Egyptian Omar Assar with 4-2 in a set and Kristian Karlsson had no chance against world number three Ma Long, considered by many to be the best player of all time.
The WC is broadcast in Viaplay. And the Swedish table tennis fans have heard a familiar, but at the same time slightly unexpected, voice as commentator during the tournament: Peter Jihde.
51-year-old Jihde usually leads Viaplay’s winter broadcasts of the World Cup in cross-country skiing and alpine skiing during the winter half-year.
Peter Jihde’s new assignment in the WC
That season has been over for a couple of months, and when Jihde now had a gap in his schedule, he was asked to comment on the Table Tennis World Cup.
– I got the question from the sports management and think it’s a very fun task when I still have a hole in the schedule, says Jihde.
In the summer of 2020, Peter Jihde made a comeback as a commentator after a 15-year absence. Then he commented on the World Padel Open. For the newspaper The evening paper told Jihde that his last assignment as a commentator before the World Padel Open was a Davis Cup match between Sweden and Australia in 2005 and about the nervousness before the comeback in the commentary booth.
– The secret is to succeed in supporting the image that tells everything, because the vast majority of people see what is happening, he said then.
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