Facing challenges, meeting challenges and overcoming challenges; that is the very nature of sport.
It is one of the major reasons why the 700 plus players are competing in the GAC GROUP 2011 World Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam.
The quest is to go one round further than before, to beat a higher ranked players, to record the proverbial “good win”; to leaves with memories of performances that will for ever linger deep in the memory.
Not a table tennis player or at least not a table tennis player of international standing, one individual present in the Ahoy Arena has faced challenges and conquered challenges.
ITTF Development Programme Stand He is Ludovic Hubler, the Head of Programmes for Peace and Sport; he is present in the stadium, manning the ITTF Development Programme’s Peace and Sport Stand.
The challenge he faced? He spent five years travelling around the world, nothing new in that but he did it without any money!
Doctor of Life “I thumbed rides and did whatever necessary”, smiled Ludovic Hubler. “It was my Phd of life!”
Unquestionably, the experience had a lasting effect; for Ludovic Hubler table tennis and sport in general is not just about winning medals, table tennis goes far beyond
Creates Harmony Table tennis brings people together, it teaches harmony, a respect for rules and regulations whilst in doubles it teaches co-operation; that is how Ludovic Hubler sees the value of sport and in particular table tennis.
Like anyone else he is motivated by those who succeed but for him an even greater success is that of seeing the smile on the face of a child when contact is made with the spherical object.
The Smile the Reward The reward is not measured in monetary terms, it is measured in terms of smiles; smiles that create harmony, smiles that bring people together, smile that unite.