by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Impressively, a total of 25 men and two women attended the five day itinerary organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme.
A successful course ensued with matters being conducted in a peaceful environment; Al Najaf is considered a safe city in a part of the world where there has been unrest, any disquiet amongst course member was soon quelled.
Enthusiastic and motivated, the group attracted coaches and potential coaches from throughout the country, members varying from those who had represented the national team to individuals of high academic excellence having gained doctorates.
Throughout, locally matters were organised with great efficiency by the Iraq Table Tennis Association; eight table tennis tables were available throughout with a sufficient supply of balls plus crutches and wheelchairs for the Para element.
Notably, Kadhm Khazal, the President of the Iraq Table Tennis Federation, attended; he motivated all concerned with words of reassurance, inspiration and encouragement.