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A First for Nepal Initiates Three Year Project, Integration the Goal


Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme; Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal, was the home for a recent PTT Level One Coaches Course and Training Camp.

The three day course was staged from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th March, with the four day training camp ensuing immediately from Sunday 15th to Wednesday 18th March.

Christian Lillieroos from the United States was the expert on duty.

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Rio de Janeiro in Mind but a More Pressing Engagement for Melissa Tapper

 04/08/2015       ITTF Oceania Cup & Para TT Championships

Integration has very much been the watchword this century and nowhere is the fact witnessed more than at the forthcoming proceedings in the Australian city of Bendigo; the K-Sports 2015 ITTF Oceania Cup is organized in liaison with the Oceania Para Championships.

Situated in Victoria, some 90 miles from the state capital, the sports city of Melbourne, Bendigo is the host for three days of intense action which commence on Friday 10th April and conclude on Sunday 12th April.

Many eyes in Bendigo will focus on the host nation’s Melissa Tapper, the young lady who may her international announcement at the 2004 World Junior Championships staged in the Japanese city of Kobe.

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Torturous Long Journeys to Cali but Efforts Proved Most Worthwhile


Situated in western Colombia, the city of Cali hosted a recent ITTF/PTT Coach Education Course; proceedings commenced on Saturday 28th March and concluded on Wednesday 1st April.

The Course Conductor was Rodrigo Paz, with students travelling from throughout one of South America’s largest countries in terms of geographical size, in order to attend.

In addition to Cali, students made the long journeys from Barranquilla, Sincelejo, Caucasia, Pereira, Armenia, Bogota, Zarzal, Palmira, Ibague, Popayan and Caqueta.

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Major Stride Forward in Lignano, Eyes Set Firmly on Rio de Janeiro


Sights set on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, sights set on medals; Brazil made a major stride forward in their ambitions to achieve on home soil, by enjoying a most successful 2015 Lignano Master Open, which concluded on Saturday 21st March.

They departed the Adriatic shores of northern Italy with a grand total of ten medals to their credit, the country’s best ever haul in a Factor 40 tournament; the highest World Ranking rating available for an international event staged by a national association.

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Frenchman Seize Chance in Lignano, Add to Extensive Title Collection


A somewhat surprise defeat for the top seeded Korean outfit, comprising Kim Mingyu, Kim Kongyoung and Park Incheol, at the quarter-final stage of Men’s Team Class 2 at the Lignano Para Championships on Saturday 21st March, opened the door for the French partnership of Stéphane Molliens and Vincent Boury, the second seeds.

The Koreans suffered defeat at the hands of the Slovak Republic’s Martin Ludrovsky and Ratislav Revucky; a three-two victory margin being the order of proceedings.

A semi-final place booked but there was to be no place in the final for the Slovak Republic duo; they experienced defeat at the hands of the combination formed by the Czech Republic’s Jiri Suchanek and Damien Bedos of France.

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Serbian Outfit Tested but Leading Teams Assert Authority in Lignano


Success for the leading outfits; that was very much the scenario in the first stage of the team events at the 2015 Lignano Masters Para Open on Friday 20th March.

The principal players; those with Paralympic medals and World titles to their credit, asserted their authority on proceedings as one competition above all looms greater in the mind.

Unquestionably eyes are focused on Barra da Tijuca, eyes are focused on the Riocentro; eyes are focused on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Unprecedented Success, Brazilians Reach New Levels in Lignano


Three silver medals and one bronze in the individual events which concluded on Thursday 19th March, Brazil enjoyed unprecedented success at the Lignano Masters Para Open.

A Factor 40 tournament for purposes of World ranking; Danielle Rauen, Joyce Oliveira and Iranildo Espindola clinched silver medals; for Jennyfer Parinos it was a very creditable bronze.

Furthermore, in each instance it was the top seed that proved the nemesis.

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Egyptian Duo Continues Good Form, Ehab Fetir and Hassan Hefny Contest Final


The players to cause the biggest upsets on the first day of play at the 2015 Lignano Para Masters, Egypt’s Ehab Fetir and Hassan Hefny continued their good form on the second day of action, Thursday 19th March.

Competing in Men’s Singles Class 5, in the group stage of proceedings, Hassan Hefny had beaten Turkey’s Ali Ozturk, the top seed (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9), Ehab Fetir had accounted for Frenchman Nicholas Savant-Aira, the second seed (11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

One day later the two Egyptians met in the final, the verdict went in favour of Ehab Fetir; he beat Hassan Hefny in three straight games to secure the title 911-5, 11-5, 11-8).

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Top Two Names Experience First Stage Defeats, Egyptians Cause Opening Day Upsets


Egypt provided the upsets on the first day of play, Wednesday 18th March, at the Lignano Para Masters.

Hassan Hefny and Ehab Fetir were the players in fine form; both excelled predictions. Competing in Men’s Singles Class 5, both finished in first places in their respective groups and thus reserved quarter-final places.

Against expectations, 47 year old Hassan Hefny, currently listed at no.20 on the Men’s Class 5 World Rankings upset the odds by beating Turkey’s Ali Ozturk, the top seed and listed at no.4 in the global order (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9) to secure first place in his group.

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