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Asama Abu Jame and Ronald Vijverberg Double Gold Medallists in Amman


The host nationís Asama Abu Jame and Ronald Vijverberg of the Netherlands emerged as the most successful players at the 2014 Al-Watani Championships, which concluded in Amman, the capital city of Jordan on Monday 14th April.

Ronald Vijverberg won Menís Singles Class 9 beating colleague Max Van Amerongen in the final (11-3, 11-3, 5-11, 11-7), before partnering his adversary in the gold medal contest to success in the Menís Team Class 9-10.

The pair finished in first place ahead of Jordanís Saber Bahah and Nasser Assaf.

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Eyes Focus on Khetam Abuawad, Al-Watani Championships Begin in Amman


Bronze medallist in both Womenís Singles Class 5 and Womenís Team Class 5 at the 2010 World Para Championships in Korea, at the forthcoming 2014 Al-Watani Para Championships in the Jordanian capital city of Amman, eyes will undoubtedly focus heavily on Khetam Abuawad.

Proceedings start on Sunday 13th April with the individual events, followed by the team events on Monday 14th April; play concludes on Tuesday 15th April.

The 39 year old, who wears her heart on her sleeve, has an outstanding record in the tournament; she has a total of no less than 13 gold medals at the now well established event.

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Invitation to Umpire at 2014 World Para Table Tennis Championships


The Umpires and Referees Committee of the International Table Tennis Federation, in co-operation with the local Organising Committee, invites national bodies to nominate International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2014 World Para Table Tennis Championships.

Organised under the direction of the China Administration of Sport for Persons with Disabilities and with the support of the Chinese Table Tennis Association the tournament will be staged in Beijing commencing on Monday 8th September and concluding on Sunday 14th September..

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Golden Days for Argentina and Brazil at Parasuramericano Games


Argentina and Brazil emerged as the most successful countries when play concluded in the 2014 Parasuramericano Games in Santiago, Chile on Sunday 30th March.

Both countries provided players who secured gold in both the Menís Team and Menís Singles events.

Gabriela Copola and Mauro Depergola were the players to shine for Argentina; for Brazil it was the quartet of Paulo Salmin, Israel Stroh, Erik Higa and Carlos Carbinatti, all four departed with a brace of gold.

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Seventh Heaven, Brazil Dominates Individual Events at Parasuramericano Games


Brazil dominated proceedings in the individual at the 2014 Parasuramericano Games in Santiago, Chile; of the eleven events that were decided on Friday 28th March, seven finished in Brazil hands.

Next in line came Argentina who secured two titles with Venezuela and the hosts, Chile, each securing one gold medal.

Joyce Oliveira won Womenís Singles Class 3-5 overcoming Venezuelaís Ana Carillo in the final (9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8), with her Brazilian colleague, Danielr Rauen securing the Womenís Singles Class 7-10 crown.

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Gold in Team and Singles, Korea, Norway, Serbia and Ukraine Celebrate in Italy


Koreaís Nam Ki Won and Norwayís Tommy Urhaug alongside the Ukrainian duo of Viktor Didukh and Yurii Shchpenaskyy emerged as the most successful players at the Lignano Masters Para Open, which concluded in the northern Italian city of Lignano Sabbiadoro on Saturday 23rd March.

All four clinched gold in both the Menís Team and Menís Singles events; whilst for the women, the star name was Serbiaís Borislava Peric-Rankovic.

She secured the top prize in Womenís Team Class 4-5 in harness with colleagues Nada Matic and Zorica Popadic, having won the Womenís Singles title in the same joint class two days earlier.

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Champions Once Again, Titles Retained at Lignano Masters Para Open


Title retention was the order of the day on Thursday 20th March at the 2014 Lignano Masters Para Open; no less than three men and five women returned to the northern Italian resort and repeated the success of one year earlier.

In the Menís Singles events Norwayís Tommy Urhaug, Great Britainís Will Bayley and Pascal Pereira Leal of France once again emerged successful.

Meanwhile, in the Womenís Singles competitions Russiaís Nadejda Poushpacheva Swedenís Anna Carin Ahlquist, Serbiaís Borislava Peric Rankovic and Kelly Van Zon of the Netherlands, in addition to Ukraineís Natalya Kosmina, once again struck gold.

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Celebrating Before Play Begins, Italian Well Prepared for Lignano Masters


At the recently completed Hungarian Para Open in Eger, Italyís Daniel Paone had cause to celebrate; he won the Menís Singles Class 3 title.

Now on Tuesday 18th March, the day prior to proceedings commencing at the Lignano Masters Para Open in northern Italy; he has further reason the celebrate. It is his 35th birthday.

He is one of four players competing in Lignano Sabbiadoro, the home for the recent Italian Junior and Cadet Open, who struck gold in the singles events in Eger.

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Team Gold Added to Earlier Success, Belgium Trio Shines in Hungary


Belgium emerged as the most prominent nation, when matters concluded in the Hungarian Para Open Championships in Eger on Sunday 16th March.

Bart Brands, Ben Despineux and Laurens Devos all clinched gold in the Menís Team event, having earlier in the proceedings secured the same colour medal in the Menís Singles competitions.

Likewise, the host nationís Andras Csonka and Peter Palos alongside the Slovak Republicís completed the double by winning titles in both disciplines, as in the Womenís competitions did Serbiaís Sanja Mijatovic and Ana Prvulovic.

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