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Top Seeds Dominate as Singles Events Conclude in San Josť


Favourites for gold predominated as the singles events came to a close at the Copa Costa Rica Para Tournament in San Josť 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.

Chinaís Yan Shuo and Gerban Last of the Netherlands were the players to cause the surprises in the Menís Singles events; in the counterpart Womenís Singles competitions, it was Brazilís 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, matters commenced on Saturday 13th December and concluded on Friday 19th December.

Michael Brown, the Oceania Development Officer, was the expert on duty for an itinerary that introduced the needs of teaching players who suffered from a disability.

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Gu Gai and Matti Launonen at Copa Costa Rica Para Tournament


Chinaís Gu Gai and Finlandís Matti Launonen were the first players to secure titles at the 2015 Copa Costa Rica in the countryís capital city of San Josť on Friday 19th December.

Womenís 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 Womenís Singles Class 5 title.

She finished ahead of Koreaís 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, Polandís 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 Menís Class 10 order of merit, Kelly Van Zon in pole position on Womenís Class 7.

Staged in San Josť, the capital of the Central American country, which borders Panama and Nicaragua, named ďRich CoastĒ 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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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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