01 Aug 2017

The most populous city in the southern hemisphere; over the years São Paulo has been the hub of table tennis in Brazil; Gustavo Tsuboi the winner of the recently concluded 2017 Pan American Cup staged in San José, Costa Rica is from that region of the country.

Also from the metropolis is Lincon Yasuda, for many years one of the country’s national coaches but since the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games just over a year ago, he has been travelling man.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Motivated by the ITTF Development Programme, he has conducted courses here, there and everywhere in Brazil.

Joinville in the state of Santa Caterina was the first stop before progressing to Rio de Janeiro, the city that is also the home of the headquarters of the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation.

Two courses completed successfully, he journeyed to Belo Horizonte in the state of Minais Gerais, the host of ITTF World Tour tournaments in 2007 and 2008.

More recently in June the destination was Campo Grande in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul; now one month later, with tooth brush backed, the nation’s seat of government, the capital city was the destination.

Commencing on Monday 24th July and concluding on Friday 28th July, he conducted a course in Brasilia, the venue being the Academia Fitpong de Tênis de Mesa.

“I am very satisfied with the results reached in this course. I felt like it renewed the energy and motivation of the coaches to work hard in their clubs and schools. All of them made a big effort during the week. In the practical classes, they completed very good work. They showed a total understanding the course contents explained during the five days.” Lincon Yasuda

A total of 30 coaches, 21 men and nine women attend, most of them working in schools or clubs in Brazil.

Furthermore, they travelled from far and wide; in addition to Brasilia, there were students in attendance from the states of Ceara, Minas Gerais, Amazonas, Pernambuco and Goas.

Brasilia: ITTF Level One Course
Photos: courtesy of Federação de Tenis de Mesa de Distrito Federal

Development, Education and Training Coaching Lincon Yasuda