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High Praise and Extensive Media Coverage for Mogadishu Closing Ceremony
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Duran Ahmed Farah from the National Committee was present at the Closing Ceremony  Photo By: Courtesy of Mohamed Bassyouni


Supported by the Development Programmes of the African Table Tennis Federation and the International Table Tennis Federation,and the Foundation for Global Sport Development, a successful six day course came to a conclusion in Mogasishu, the capital city of Somalia on Thursday 2nd February 2012.

The itinerary comprised three courses: Basic Umpires, Basic Referees and Tournament Organisation.

Egypt’s Mohamed Bassyouni was the expert on duty being very much the focal point a splendidly organised Closing Ceremony at the Shamow Hotel.

It was a ceremony attended by several dignitaries.

Dignitaries in Attendance
Notably, in addition to Abdullah Isse, the Acting President of the Somali Table Tennis Association, Aden Hajji Yeberow, the President of the Somali National Olympic Committee and Duran Ahmed Farah, the Senior Somali National Olympic Committee Vice President for International Relations, were both present.

Expressed Gratitude
Both expressed their delight at having such a course organised in Somalia.

They were grateful for both the efforts of Mohamed Bassyouni and the fact that the African Table Tennis Federation and the International Table Tennis Federation had shown confidence in a country that has received a bad press owing to conflict.

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All were also grateful for the asistance of the Foundation for Global Sports Development. For the fourth consecutive year they have sponsored targeted courses within the ITTF Development Program.
David Ulich and Steven Ungerleider have continued to expand their important work worldwide.

Students Responded
Equally, Mohamed Bassyouni was most pleased with the response he had received; not only the warm welcome from all concerned in Mogadishu but from the students themselves.
All had been diligent, all had given their best and all had had received favourable marks.

Unanimous Feeling
The feeling was unanimous, a successful course, trust had been placed in a country with a weak economy, one that had suffered political strife.

Somali was grateful.

Extensive Media Interest
Furthermore, the local press gave extensive coverage.

Both the Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (A.I.P.S.) and News Blaze reported extensively on the Closing Ceremony.

Download Media Reports
A.I.P.S. Report: Somali Umpires Complete ITTF Course
News Blaze: ITTF Table Tennis Refereeing Course Concludes in Mogadishu



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