13 Jan 2017

Situated in central Iraq, a drive of some two hours south of the Baghdad, the country’s capital city, the city of Al Najaf was the recent home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coach Education course; proceedings commenced on Saturday 7th January and concluded on Wednesday 11th January.

The course conductor was Iran’s Jamil Lotfollahnasibi.

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.

A demonstration prior to the commencement of a practical session (Photo: courtesy of Jamil Lotfollahnasibi)

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.

Jamil Lotfollahnasibi (centre) acknowledged by members of the Iraq Table Tennis Federation (Photo: courtesy of Jamil Lotfollahnasibi)


High Performance and Development Coaching Jamil Lotfollahnasibi