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Invitation for International Umpires to Officiate in Bendigo, Australia


The Oceania Table Tennis Federation in conjunction with Table Tennis Australia invites National Associations to nominate International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2015 ITTF-Oceania Cup and Para Table Tennis Championships.

Both tournaments will be staged in Bendigo, Australia from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April,

A total of 1 International Umpires is required to officiate in the event to be staged in the country's capital city.

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Copenhagen, Home for Para Table Tennis Meeting Prior to Start of Busy Year


The tournament calendar for Para Table Tennis begins in the city of Eger with the 2015 Hungarian Open; play starts on Friday 13th March.

It is one of over 20 such events on a busy calendar, in a year where qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games assumes ever greater importance.

However, prior to a ball being hit in anger, a Para Table Tennis Meeting is currently being held in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen.

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Previous Courses Staged Successfully but Most Recent a First for Ecuador


Guayaquil, the largest city in the South American country of Ecuador, is no stranger to courses organized under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme.

Evelio Alvarez conducted coach education courses in both 2006 and 2007, as did Leandro Olvech in 2008 and Francisco Seijas in 2010

However, the itinerary arranged from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November 2014 was somewhat different. It was the first ever course to be held in Ecuador where the focus was entirely on coaching players who have a disability.

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Leading Names Add Team Gold to Earlier Singles Success in Costa Rica


Korea’s Choi Hyunja, Kelly Van Zon of the Netherlands and Germany’s Marlene Reeg; alongside the Chinese pairing of Gu Gai and Zhou Ying emerged as the most successful female players at the 2015 Copa Costa Rica in San José, when proceedings concluded in the three day tournament on Sunday 21st December.

Similarly, for the men, the same accolade was bestowed on the shoulders of China’s Gao Yanming as well as German quartet of Thomas Schmidberger, Valentin Baus, Thomas Rau and Johannes Urban.

All having secured titles in their respective classes earlier in the proceedings in the singles events, added to their tally of gold.

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Top Seeds Dominate as Singles Events Conclude in San José


Favourites for gold predominated as the singles events came to a close at the Copa Costa Rica Para Tournament in San José on Saturday 20th December.

A total of the 14 titles decided on the penultimate day of play in the small Central American country, only three were not won by the top seeds.

China’s Yan Shuo and Gerban Last of the Netherlands were the players to cause the surprises in the Men’s Singles events; in the counterpart Women’s Singles competitions, it was Brazil’s Catia de Oliveira who stole the show.

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Small in Size, Big at Heart; Nauru Embraces Para Table Tennis Course


Situated in the South Pacific, Nauru with a population of less than 10,000 inhabitants, the second smallest state in the world with only the Vatican City being less in terms of residents, was the recent home for a PTT Level One Coach Education Course.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme in conjunction with Oceania Table Tennis Federation, the course was made possible thanks to support from the Korean manufacturer Xiom.

The company had made an equipment donation in 2012.

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Gu Gai and Matti Launonen at Copa Costa Rica Para Tournament


China’s Gu Gai and Finland’s Matti Launonen were the first players to secure titles at the 2015 Copa Costa Rica in the country’s capital city of San José on Friday 19th December.

Women’s Team Class 4-5 gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, alongside colleagues Zhang Bian, Zhou Ying and Zhang Miao; Gu Gai won the Women’s Singles Class 5 title.

She finished ahead of Korea’s Jung Younga with the Brazilian duo of Sonia de Oliveira and Maria Pereira Passos in third and fourth places respectively.

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Rich in Talent, the Very Impressive Entry for the Copa Costa Rica


Reigning Paralympic and World Champions, Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski and Kelly Van Zon of the Netherlands lead the field for the forthcoming 2014 Copa Costa Rica Para Tournament.

Both currently occupy the top places in their respective classes on the World Ranking lists; Patryk Chojnowski is listed at no.1 on the Men’s Class 10 order of merit, Kelly Van Zon in pole position on Women’s Class 7.

Staged in San José, the capital of the Central American country, which borders Panama and Nicaragua, named “Rich Coast” when translated into English, the entry for the tournament is most certainly rich in talent.

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Ibrahim Hamato Recognised at Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards


Nominated by the African Table Tennis Federation, Ibrahim Hamato has received recognition for his bravery and fortitude in being able to play table tennis despite the loss of both arms.

Using his mouth to hold the racket, he was a guest earlier this year at the ZEN-HOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo, where he played against the likes of Ma Long, Wang Hao, Jun Mizutani and Vladimir Samsonov.

The acclamation has been made by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards and will be presented in Dubai next January at a date to be decided; the presentation coinciding with the Annual Star Awards Gala and the World Team Cup.

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