One of the world's best, Jun Mizutani has been quoted as stating to the ITTF Athletes Commission that he will not participate in the ITTF tour events until the ITTF concert more effort into cracking down on players using illegal boosting and tuning methods.
The commitment by the top Japanese player is admirable, however you have to wonder what the ITTF can really do to try and detect boosters when there are so many different substances used for tuning rubbers. At one point players were even utilising linseed oil to boost their rubbers, I can't see how the ITTF would be able to detect that.
The whole ordeal will be a shame for the world tour as Mizutani certainly has the ability to challenge some of the best players in the world. It has been admitted by top players in the world that boosting is a growing and popular problem around the globe. Since the banning of speed glue it was obvious that players would find a way of continuing to bring the speed effect into the game, so really you could say that banning speed glue was an error for the ITTF as the playing field was level, now people are using different substances for boosting and the more honest players are not using booster at all as, of course, it is illegal.
So I want to build some discussion on whether you think Mizutani boycotting the ITTF tour events will have any real effect on pressuring the ITTF. I just don't feel like they have any chance of solving this problem in the near future and it seems a shame to lose a great quality player to the cause.
What do you think about Mizutani's choice? What is your opinion on boosting and rubber tuning in general? Should it be allowed, should the ITTF crack down on it?
Please do give your thoughts!