15 May 2017

A city steeped in history, Cairo was the home for a recent ITTF Level Two Coach Education Course, proceedings commenced on Sunday 7th May and concluded on Friday 12th May.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme, the coach on duty was the host nation’s Mohamed Gharib.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Venue for the whole itinerary was the National Training Centre in the Egyptian capital city; a total of 12 table tennis tables were available throughout plus a lecture hall being made available for theory work.

Overall 21 coaches attended, two members being from Jordan, the rest from the host nation; one woman was a member of the group.

“I would like to thank all; especially Dr. Tarek, the Director of Cairo Region and Mr. Sherif, the accountant of Cairo Region on the great effort made, which enabled the course to be a success. Also, I thank Major General Nasser Ghali, the Director of the International Bowling Centre for the assistance provided to make the course a success.” Mohamed Gharib

Notably, Samir El-Beltagy, the Chair of the Cairo Table Tennis Zone welcomed the course members; he was present alongside Khaled El-Salhy, the President of the African Federation. He praised the good level of organization and wished everyone success.

 “Congratulations to all the coaches who attended. Everyone responded and made a lot of effort both physically and mentally in this short time, my thanks and good luck to all.” Mohamed Gharib

On the concluding day, when the practical examination was being held, Dr. Alaa Meshref, President of the Egyptian Table Tennis Federation and Vice President of the Egyptian National Olympic Committee, attended.

He offered his thanks and congratulations to all and added to the spirit of the occasions, he brought sweets for all; matters concluded in a most convivial atmosphere.

Local officials joined Dr Alaa Meshref (second from left) and Mohamed Gharib (second from right) on the concluding day of the course (Photo: courtesy of Mohamed Gharib)
High Performance and Development Coaching Mohamed Gharib