05 Aug 2017

Tegucigalpa, the home of Iizzwa Medina, the first ever player from Central America to compete in the table tennis events at an Olympic Games, was the recent home for a group of young players who may follow in the footsteps of the lady who was on duty in 2004 in the Galatsi Stadium in Athens.

Commencing on Saturday 29th July and concluding on Wednesday 2nd August; the capital city of Honduras was the home for a Central American Hopes Week.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Under the direction of Noema Mena Paredes, a total of 18 players attended, the numbers distributed equally between the genders, nine boys and nine girls.

In addition to Honduras, players travelled from Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

“The camp was a great experience for players and coaches. Athletes had the opportunity to experience different styles of play and learn practices that allow them to develop important elements such as control and speed. It was a week where the tactical and technical level of athletes in the region was promoted.” Noema Mena Paredes

In addition to the players, eight coaches of whom two were female attended; they were able to experience detailed training routines with specific objectives. Thus there was a legacy; coaches could return home, wiser for the visit to Honduras.

Four players, two boys and two girls, from the five day initiative qualify for the Latin American Hopes Week. Guatemala’s Ricardo Gatica and Jenny Cux alongside Panama’s Felipe Velarde and Lia Rodriguez are the names in question.

 Opening Ceremony: Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Photos: Noema Mena Paredes

Development, Education and Training Athletes Noema Mena Paredes