Butterfly player and table tennis legend Michael Maze announced on Monday via his Instagram account that he is coming out of retirement and re-entering the international table tennis arena. His main aim will be pursuing a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, representing his home nation of Denmark.

 

 

Although he has not been competing internationally, Michael has been playing certain matches for his Danish club side Roskilde BTK 61. During the time he has spent playing for Roskilde, Michael realised that he could still compete closely with some of the worlds best. During Champions League fixtures against Fakel Gazprom Orenburg and Borussia Dusseldorf he played close matches with world ranked 14 Jun Mizutani and world ranked 3 Timo Boll. This really gave him the confidence that a successful international comeback was a distinct possibility. He said this in a recent interview with f-reklame. 

 

”My body feels great at the moment and I have really missed to play at the highest level. The last Champions League matches where I showed that I can still play with the world’s top despite the fact that I nowhere near train as much as they do, got me thinking about a proper comeback. Well I have thought about it for some time, I know it will take a long time, but I have the time and I’ll take it slowly and build it all up again. The right training combined with the right recovery is the key for me and I have a great team around me.”

 

 

Michale Maze’s first match back on the international circuit will be in against Sweden in Halmstad on the 27th February, where he will represent Denmark alongside his fellow countryman and Butterfly player Jonathan Groth. This match will be for European Championship qualification, with the finals being played in Nantes, France in 2019. Helping his country to qualify for the European Championships will serve him as preparation for his overall goal of playing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

He had this to say to f-reklame.dk about his return to International action and his 2020 Olympic target:

“I am very excited to get started and to play for Denmark again. It’s been fantastic to follow the development of Jonathan Groth from the sideline. Groth is one of the best in Europe at the moment and hopefully we can achieve some great results together.”

“My main goal though is to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Games. I know it takes a lot of training, some people might think I’m crazy but I love a challenge. I hope not just to compete but also make a great result at my fifth Olympic Games,” 

If Michael does manage to qualify for Tokyo it will be his 5th Olympic Games and he will look to add to his doubles bronze medal that he won in Athens in 2004.

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Seb has succeeded in living his passion for table tennis. A long-time player, he connected to professional table tennis as commentator for the ITTF, travelling to top events such as World Championships and reporting live from the action. In 2014, Seb became part of the Butterfly Team, working in international Sales and Marketing at Butterfly Europe in Germany.

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