Global Junior Programme News are presented by:
Joola and Butterfly
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
A New Chapter in the History of Table Tennis in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is one of the most successful countries in the history of the table tennis events at the Central American and Caribbean Games; they have a host of titles to their credit. Mario Alvarez and Juan Víla, who are officials with the Dominican Republic party in Cartagena de Indias this week, are two of the most successful players in the history of the competition.

No player has won more medals in the competition than Juan Víla and twenty years ago Mario Alvarez won the Men’s Singles title.
Johenny Valdez gaining experience and now a gold medallist in Cartagena da Indias
He also won the crown in 1982 and 1983 but one title has always proved elusive, the Women’s Team crown, that situation exists no more. On Tuesday 24th July 2005 the Dominican Republic won the title and they won in style. They beat Cuba three-nil at the final hurdle.

Xu Wue beat Glendys Gonzales, Qian Lian overcame Anisleivys Bereau and Johenny Valdez ended proceedings with victory over Dayana Ferrer.

Team Effort
“It was a good performance from the whole team”, said coach, Miguel Rodriguez. “Xu Wue and Qian Lian have been working with the young players and they are making a very positive contribution to the progress of table tennis in the Dominican Republic.”

Xu Wue and Qian Lian are fine players. Xu Wue is a penhold grip player, good close to the net, excellent in the area of serve and receive and clever when blocking with the backhand. Meanwhile Qian Lian is a shakehands grip topspin player with textbook technique. Both are very much a part of a highly motivated and integrated team.

First Appearance
The event in Cartagena da Indias is the first time that either Xu Wue or Qian Lian have played in the Central American and Caribbean Games, both are enjoying the experience. “It’s good playing here, I just try to do my best”, said Xu Wue. “Every match is a new challenge and it’s good to see our young players making progress.”

Equally, Qian Lian was pleased to be in Cartagena da Indias. “I am really pleased to have won for the Dominican Republic”, she said. “We have a good team spirit, I really feel a member of a team.”

Qian Lian had experienced few problems in the Women’s Team event but she did highlight one name. “Fabiola Ramos is good”, said Qian Lian. “I think she’s been my most difficult opponent.”

Fabiola Ramos has `good hands’ and the choice of Qian Lian is a shrewd selection; she recognised the Venezuelan’s control near the net, an aspect of table tennis which Chinese players notably excel.

Meanwhile for Johenny Valdez, it might be thought that she is in an ideal situation have two such strong players in the team but it is a situation that can create pressure.

The two stars win easily and you have to follow and do the same; it’s not an easy situation. However, it is a situation with which she has coped and coped well. “I really do feel part of a team and I’m really proud we have won”, she said. “Having the Chinese players in the Dominican Republic is a great help, they give me lots of advice; it’s a good situation.”


Equally, Lucia Marte was delighted to be part of a very cohesive team. She had played in only one match en route to the title, that being against Guatemala in the group stage. “I was nervous at times watching them play”, she said. “Having the two players from China in the Dominican Republic really helps, we can learn from their experience.”

Lucia Marte is learning and she is part of a team, a team that for the next four years holds the title Women’s Team Champions Central American & Caribbean Games; when the Games are held again in 2010 both Lucia Marte and Johenny Valdez will no doubt be integral members of the Dominican Republic Women’s Team.

The successful Dominican Republic delegation after the success of their Women’s Team in Cartagena da Indias

Photo by Victor Calvo
Date Title
03/27/2015 Baltic Sea Coastline Setting for Polish Junior and Cadet Open
03/27/2015 Repeat of Previous Year Ends in Round Two, Paul Drinkhall Beaten by Dmitrij Prokopcov
03/27/2015 First Round Farewell Earlier in Year, Carole Grundisch Causes Open Round Upset
03/27/2015 Teeth Clenched, Totally Focused, Barbora Balazova Causes Notable First Round Upset
03/26/2015 Swedes Excel, Negotiate Preliminary Round to Reach Main Draw
03/26/2015 First for Abdulrahman Al-Naggar, Second for Arina Singeorzan
03/26/2015 Tunisia and Algeria Share Honours at North Africa Hopes Week
03/26/2015 Major Stride Forward in Lignano, Eyes Set Firmly on Rio de Janeiro
03/26/2015 Former Champion Falls in First Stage, Denmark Causes Brazilian Heartaches
03/26/2015 Deborah Vivarelli Secures First Round Place, Causes Upset the Suffers Nervous Moments
03/26/2015 Meriem Nasser and Abir Haj Salah Seize Opportunity, Book Semi-Final Places
03/26/2015 Qatar Enjoys More Success, Bogdan Singeorzan Stands Alone
03/25/2015 First Ever Latin American, Start at the Very Beginning for Cazuo Matsumoto
03/25/2015 Leading Boys Secure First Places but Girls Suffer Surprise Defeats
03/25/2015 African Junior Championships, a Challenge to Egypt and Nigeria
03/24/2015 Peru on High, Diego Rodriguez and Johan Chavez Secure Toronto Places
03/24/2015 Seeking First Title, Goal to Emulate Double European Youth Champions
03/24/2015 Invitation to Umpire at GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Korea Open
03/24/2015 Japan Provides Top Three Seeds but Names Lower Down Order Attract Attention
03/23/2015 Ma Long on Top of the World, Meteoric Rise for Mima Ito
03/23/2015 Tense Atmosphere, Further Places Booked for Pan American Games
03/23/2015 Success for Arina Singeorzan and Diya Chitale, Gold and Silver for Tunisia
03/23/2015 Totally Dominant, Qatar Clinches Both Junior and Cadet Boys’ Team Titles
03/23/2015 Kanak Jha Remains Unbeaten, Mainstay in Buenos Aires
03/23/2015 Sound of Silence Shattered, Gabriela Soto Seals and Squeals Peru's Future
03/23/2015 Valuable for Players but Even More Valuable for Coaches? The African Hopes Week
03/23/2015 Next Stop for Richard McAfee, Dharwad District in State of Karnataka
03/23/2015 Looking Ahead, Yap Makes First Steps to Host Micronesian Games
03/23/2015 Aerobic Table Tennis North of the Border, Scottish Tour Proves Success
03/23/2015 Werner Schlager Academy Spreads its Wings, Agreement Proposed with Guangzhou
03/23/2015 Uruguay Upsets Seeding, Top Initial Phase Place Against Expectations
03/23/2015 Argentina Moves One Step Nearer Toronto Goal, Unbeaten in First Stage
03/23/2015 Successful Opening Day for Host Nation in Sidi Bou Said, Medal Hopes Very Much Alive
03/23/2015 Frenchman Seize Chance in Lignano, Add to Extensive Title Collection
03/22/2015 High Note Finish for Host Nation, Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska Secure Top Prize
03/22/2015 Records Set Whatever the Outcome, Mima Ito Becomes Youngest Ever Winner
03/22/2015 Düsseldorf Decision Reversed, Ma Long Levels Duels on German Soil
03/22/2015 Bremen Favourite Home for Petrissa Solja, Women’s Doubles Gold with Shan Xiaona
Previous [ 1 ] More stories