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Overcoming Incredible Odds, Biken Thapa First Nepal Para Table Tennis Coach


Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme; Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal, was the home for a PTT Level One Coaches Course and Training Camp from Thursday 12th to Wednesday 18th March.

Tragically since the course was completed two devastating earthquakes have been witnessed in Nepal; on Saturday 25th April an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale hit the country, on Tuesday 12th May a second earthquake measured at 7.3 also caused devastation.

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Slovenian Success Repeated, Again Carla Azevedo and Catia de Silva Surprise Winners


Surprise winners one week ago at the Thermana 2015 Slovenian Para Open in Laszko, the Brazilian partnership of Carla Azevedo and Catia de Silva, alongside the Korean combination of Joo Youngdae and Nam Kiwon emerged as the biggest surprise winners in the team events, which brought proceedings to a close at the Slovakia Para Open in Bratislava on Saturday 16th May.

Both outfits started proceedings as the third seeds in their respective categories.

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Invitation to Umpire at Thailand Para Open Championships


The Thai Para Table Tennis Association in conjunction with the Table Tennis Association of Thailand invites International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2015 Thailand Para Open Championships.

Staged in Pattaya, proceedings commence on Friday 24th July and conclude on Monday 27th July. It is an open invitation. Therefore not all nominations may be accepted.

Furthermore only nominations submitted by bona fide national associations will be considered.

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Celebrations in London, Once Again Rungroj Thainiyom Rejoices but No Close Shave


Gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, when in celebration he shaved his head and carried a picture of his country’s monarch at the award ceremony, Thailand’s Rungroj Thainiyom emerged as the most unexpected winner in the Men’s Singles events at the 2015 Slovak Para Open Championships in Bratislava on Thursday 14th May.

The fourth seed, he beat Spain’s Alvaro Valera, the top seed, in the final (11-4, 11-7, 11-8), having one round earlier accounted for Denmark’s Peter Rosenmeier, the second seed, in a closely contested full distance five games duel (11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8).

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Teenage Champion, Sophie Amanada Walloe Upsets Seeding to Win in Bratislava


Winner of the Women’s Singles Class 9-10 title at the 2013 Mike Dempsey Memorial Tournament in the Californian city of San Diego, Denmark’s Sophie Amanda Walloe won the Women’s Singles Class 10 event at the 2015 Slovakia Para Open in Bratislava on Thursday 14th May.

Only 15 years old, one of the youngest players in the tournament and occupying the second seeded position in the competition, she staved off Turkish opposition to secure the title; of the four semi-finalists she was the only player not from Turkey.

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Juliane Wolf and Giselle Muñoz Shine on Opening Day in Bratislava


Germany’s Juliane Wolf and Argentina’s Giselle Muñoz were very much the players to attract the attention in the first stage of the Women’s Singles events at 2015 Slovakia Para Open Championships, which commenced in the country’s capital city of Bratislava on Wednesday 13th May.

Both accounted for the second seeded player in the initial stage of proceedings in their respective classes They remained unbeaten to secure top spot in their respective groups on a day when the leading names on duty very much stamped there authority on proceedings.

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Bratislava the Next Stop, High Class Entry for Slovakia Para Open


Proceedings concluded in Laszko at the 2015 Slovenia Para Open, the next stop on the calendar is Bratislava for the Slovakia Para Open; staged in the Slovnaft Arena, play commences on Wednesday 13th May and concludes on Saturday 16th May.

The individual events are the first on the agenda with no less than 20 classes in action on the opening day; in the Men’s Singles events all eleven categories are contested, whilst in the counterpart Women’s Singles competition only two classes are combined, Class 1-2 and Class 8-9.

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Bronze in Lignano, Brazilian Duo Climb Two Steps Higher, Gold in Lazko


Brazil’s Carla Azevedo and Catia de Silva Oliveira, the outfit to cause one of the biggest surprises on the penultimate day of play at the 2015 Thermana Slovenian Para Open in Laszko, when they beat the top seeded combination of Russia’s Nadejda Pouchpacheva and Jordan’s Maha Al-Bargouthi, emerged as the surprises winner or Women’s Team Class 1-2 on Saturday 9th May.

Success against the top seeds by three matches to two, it was the same margin of victory on Saturday 9th May against the French partnership of Isabelle Lafaye and Geneviève Clot, who likewise entered the concluding day of action unbeaten.

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Eyes Focused on Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Duo Upsets Seeding in Laszko


The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games ever closer on the horizon, it was Brazil who attracted the attention on the third day of play, Friday 8th May, at the Thermana 2015 Slovenia Para Open in the city of Laszko.

Competing in Women’s Team Class 1-2, the combination formed by Carla Azevedo and Catia da Silva Oliveira caused arguably the biggest upset of the day.

They accounted for the top seeded partnership formed by Russia’s Nadeja Pouchpacheva and Jordan’s Maha Al Bargouthi by three matches to two, to end the day unbeaten.

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