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Increasing Knowledge and Understanding, National Coaches Attend Para Course


Directed by Ela Madejska, the Head Coach of the Polish National Para Team; a Para Table Tennis Level One Coach Education Course was staged in the countryís capital city of Warsaw from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th November.

Organised under the umbrella of the ITTF Development Programme, a total of 16 men and five women attended the course.

Several national team coaches who work with able bodied players accepted the invitation to attend.

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Focus on Para Table Tennis, YouTube Channel Introduced


Memories of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the even more recent 2014 ITTF Para World Championships are strong in the memory.

All produced magical moments whether it be moments of emotion or a top spin that brought the crowd to life.

In Londonís ExCeL Exhibition Centre, after securing gold Thailandís Rungroj Thainiyom shaved his head and held a photo of his countryís king on the podium; he ended proceedings with a medal but the player who became the most celebrated won no medal at all.

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Kuala Lumpur Hosts Inspire Itrain Camp for Athletes with Disabilities


Staged at the Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; table tennis was one of the eight sports on offer at the recent Inspire Itrain Camp for Athletes with Disabilities

Organised by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor State Youth, in liaison with the Sports Development Department and supported by Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, proceedings commenced on Saturday 8th November and concluded on Wednesday 12th November 2014.

Furthermore, co-operation was received from the Athletes Development and Community Department of the Malaysia Paralympic Council, National Sports Association, National Sports Institute and volunteers from Mara Technology University.

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Karolina Pek Adds Second Title, Partners Malgorzata Jankowska to Team Gold


Earlier in the week, the top step of the medal podium belonged to Polandís Karolina Pek; she won the Womenís Singles Class 9-10 title at the 2014 Copa Tango in Buenos Aires.

She had finished in first place ahead of her compatriot Malgorzata Jankowska.

On the concluding day of play, Sunday 9th November, she secured a further gold medal; this time in partnership with Malgorzata Jankowska.

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Long Journey but Worthwhile for Chinese Trio, Two Titles Each


A long journey for the Chinese trio of Zhou Ying, Gao Yanming and Yan Shuo but most worthwhile.

They emerged as three of the most successful players at the 2014 Copa Tango, which concluded in the Argentine capital city of Buenos Aires on Sunday 9th November.

Earlier in the proceedings, all had struck gold in the singles events; on the concluding day of action, all did exactly the same in the Team competitions.

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Stronger from Defeat, Russian Teenager Crowned Team Champion


Beaten earlier in the week at the quarter-final stage of Menís Singles Class 8, by the champion elect, Polandís Marcin Skrzynecki; Russiaís Artem Lakolev returned stronger from defeat at the 2014 Copa Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On the concluding day of play, Sunday 9th November, he clinched gold in Menís Team Class 8.

The 15 year old partnered Italyís Samuel de Chiara to success; the pair recording a three matches to one win over the Chilean duo of Osvaldo Torres and Ruperto Morales in the final.

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Daunting Opposition on Debut Constanza Garrone Not Overawed, Motivated


A debut on the international scene and it has been testing times for Argentinaís Constanza Garrone at the 2014 Copa Tango on the opening two days of play.

The 18 year old is a Class 3 player and most certainly she has faced stiff opposition in the tournament which started on Friday 7th November.

Competing in Womenís Singles Class 2-3, she had to face the likes of the experienced French duo of Marie-Christine Fillou and Emmanuelle Ferrier, the players who were to finish in gold and silver medals respectively.

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Brazil and Netherlands Join Forces in Search of Argentine Gold


Bronze medallist earlier this year in Thailand, Tonnie Heijnen of the Netherlands was very much the man in form on the opening day of action at the 2014 Copa Tango Para Tournament in Buenos Aires.

Organised on a group basis, he won Menís Singles Class 9 without the loss of a single game. He finished ahead of the Chilean trio of Valentin Letelier, Jaime Jara and Marcos Requena with Uruguayís Gustavo Morales in fifth place.

However, in the ensuing Menís Team Class 9-10 event, where has joined forces with Brazilís Willian Almeida, life has been more difficult.

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Close Defeat Against Champion, Fine Start for Artem Lakovlev in Team Event


Narrowly beaten by Marcin Skrzynecki, the eventual winner of Menís Singles Class 8, Russiaís Artem Lakovlev has been one of the players to attract the attention at the Copa Tango in the Argentine capital city of Buenos Aires.

He is only 15 years old.

Furthermore, on the second day of play, Friday 8th November, he enjoyed notable success.

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