10 Aug 2017

The STTA National Centre Toa Payoh and the STTA Sports School venues are hosting a European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Development Training Camp from Saturday 5th to Tuesday 15th August with talented young individuals from Europe being handed an excellent opportunity to train in Singapore.

by Simon Daish

Six of Europe’s brightest stars have made the trip to Singapore for the event with Truls Moregard, Vladimir Sidorenko and Cristian Pletea travelling alongside Adina Diaconu, Mariia Tailakova and Andreea Dragoman.

The camp was organised by the ETTU in partnership with the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), with 22 players in all training twice daily across the two venues.

Guiding the European contingent is ETTU Development Officer Neven Cegnar, who believes that the event will benefit the players and will help to develop ties with the STTA.

“Our aim is to enjoy good practice, as well as to make a long time partnership with the STTA, like we did last year in Japan with the JTTA”, Neven Cegnar.

The young competitors are receiving expert coaching during their short time in Singapore, and will be hoping to take home a number of important pointers from the training camp.

One of the coaches leading the event is former England and Great Britain head coach Liu Jiayi, who is also known for having spent time as coach to the Men’s Singles bronze medallist from the 1987 World Championships Chen Xinhua.

Jing Jun Hong, who won the Women’s Singles title at the South East Asian Games in 1995 and 1997, is another coach featuring at the camp while players are also receiving advice from Hao An Lin.

The young European stars taking part in the training camp will soon be in competitive action again, with all six of the players who have made the trip to Singapore set to feature at the upcoming 2017 Europe Youth Top 10 which commences on Friday 8th September in Worcester, England.

General News Adina Diaconu Cristian Pletea Andreea Dragoman Truls Moregard Vladimir Sidorenko Mariia Tailakova