02 Sep 2016

Home for the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals earlier this year, the Indian city of Indore was the recent host for an Asian Regional Hopes Follow-Up Camp.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme for players born in 2004 and 2005, play commenced on Sunday 7th August and concluded on Saturday 13th August; the first six days being scheduled for a training camp, the concluding day being reserved for the ever popular Challenge tournament.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The head coach was Germany’s Eva Jeler, supported by Thailand’s Parinya Nonsagate.


Venue for proceedings was the Abhay Prashal Stadium, a total of 22 players, 11 boys and 11 girls plus five local players who performed the role of practice partners attended. Similarly 11 coaches accompanied the young players.

Each day, training started at 9.00am with 30 minute warm up followed by practice from 9.30am to 12.30pm and then a further session from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

“Accommodation and meals were just across the training hall, the Abhay Prashal Stadium is very suitable for organizing table tennis tournaments and training camps. The organizers were all very helpful and capable; they prepared the camp perfectly and were always able to solve the problems that emerged. The players were all motivated and concentrated from the first to the last moment of practice. They progressed a great deal during the camp and I hope, that they and their coaches will continue to practice well at home.” Eva Jeler, Head Coach

Notably in addition to India, players from Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand participated.


Matters concluded with a tournament, the host nation’s Payas Jain and Divyansh Srivastava finished as the most successful boys followed by Iran’s Navid Shamsshahrababaki and Pakistan’s Umman Khawaja.

“Parinya Nonsagate’s knowledge of Table Tennis helped very much to make this camp a success and he was more than a right hand to me. All the coaches worked very well, we had a wonderful, relaxed working atmosphere and very good, open discussions about Table Tennis maters. They all had a high standard of Table Tennis knowledge. I personally really enjoyed working with all of them.” Eva Jeler, Head Coach

Meanwhile for the girls, India’s Kavyastree Baskar topped the list followed by colleagues Manjunath Amargya and Saini Suhana alongside Thailand’s Paypath Pilaisaengsuree.


Attentive eyes watch a demonstration from Eva Jeler (Photo: courtesy of Table Tennis Federation of India)


Asian Regional Hopes Follow-Up Camp: Final Positions – Boys

Asian Regional Hopes Follow-Up Camp: Final Positions – Girls


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