Players may receive advice at any time except during rallies and between the end of practice and the start of a match; if any authorised person gives advice illegally the umpire shall hold up a yellow card to warn him or her that any further such offence will result in his or her dismissal from the playing area. (In effect as of 1st October 2016).

There is also a change to the powers of the referee during a tournament: The referee shall have power to disqualify a player from a match, an event or a competition for seriously unfair or offensive behaviour, whether reported by the umpire or not; as he or she does so he or she shall hold up a red card; for less serious offenses which do not justify disqualification, the referee may decide to report such an offense to a Disciplinary Panel ( 



The ITTF Executive Committee has decided to suspend all Efforter racket coverings from LARC (List of authorised racket coverings), with immediate effect on 4 January 2016
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