26 Sep 2017

Host of the first ever World Junior Championships in December 2003, when the likes of future Olympic champions in the guise of China’s Li Xiaoxia, Ma Long and Zhang Jike participated in a tournament that is now an established part of the international calendar; more recently the Chilean capital city of Santiago was the home for an ITTF Level Three Course.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme, in conjunction with the Latin American Table Tennis Union and the Chilean Table Tennis Federation, proceedings commenced on Saturday 19th August and concluded on Saturday 26th August.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The man at the helm was Venezuela’s Francisco Seijas, one of the most experienced coaches on the list of those selected to lead ITTF Development Programme courses. Notably, having spent time in Europe, especially in Sweden, his knowledge is extensive; furthermore, I suspect he is one of the very few South American who can understand Swedish!

Overall, a total of 17 coaches from six Latin American countries attended; in addition to Chile, coaches travelled from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Everyone responded the efforts of Francisco Seijas, all were motivated and all enthusiastic with a plethora of questions and host of discussion topics filling the agenda. Most creditably, at all times a highly professional level was maintained; all benefitted.

A successful course and special mention to the Chilean Table Tennis Federation; under the leadership of Henry Reimberg, they proved ideal hosts.

Pertinently, it was third course organised in Chile this year under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme.

In January, José Luis Urrita had led a self-funded ITTF/PTT Level One Coach Education Course; more recently Brazil’s Lincon Yasuda had been the head coach on duty for a South American Regional Hopes Week.

 Chile: ITTF Level Three Course

Photos: courtesy of Francisco Seijas

Development, Education and Training Coaching Francisco Seijas